*this episode originally aired on Robin Hood Radio on Friday, September 26, 2014*
Professor Dina Ramadan teaches in the Languages and Literature and Middle Eastern Studies programs here at Bard, and is a core faculty member in the Human Rights Program. Her teaching interests include twentieth-century Arabic literature, the Arabic language, Middle Eastern cultural production (particularly film and visual arts), Arab intellectual thought, nationalism, and postcolonial theory. She is the senior editor of the Arab Studies Journal since 2010, and is a founding member of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA).
Dr. Mona el-Ghobashy is an independent scholar who writes extensively on politics, social movements, and democratization movements in the Middle East and North Africa.
Time-coded footnotes to this interview:
(2m 30sec.) Egypt’s human rights groups ‘targeted’ by crackdown on foreign funding (Guardian, Sept 24, 2014) / Egypt’s NGO Funding Crackdown (Human Rights Watch, April 9. 2013) / Donors Keep Out (Economist Sept. 12, 2014)
(8m40sec.) Summary of the case of Saad Eddin Ibrahim (Committee on Human Rights)
(13m30sec.) The cycle of arrest and release of Egyptian political activists such as Alaa Abd El-Fattah (Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah released from prison on bail LA Times, Sept 15, 2014) and Mahienour el-Masry
(20m.) the Morsi Meter
Egypt’s Darkest Secret – Searching for the Prison No One Talks About (Amnesty International, June 10, 2014)
The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution, by Mona el-Ghobashy
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