The Afterlife of Women’s Participation in the 2011 Egyptian Uprising – with Nermin Allam

The LIVE-AR team is pleased to announce the fifth session of the monthly seminar series « Militant Pathways and Political Crises » . It will take place on February 13th 2024, from 4pm to 6pm (CET – Paris time) / 10am to 12pm (EST – New York time). Our speaker will be Nermin Allam (Rutgers University – Newark, United States), who will present a lecture entitled « The Afterlife of Women’s Participation in the 2011 Egyptian Uprising ».

It will take place on Zoom and in English only.

Session Summary

Nermin Allam’s presentation will examine how women’s participation in the 2011 Egyptian uprising has influenced their gender consciousness and feminist subjectivities in the afterlife of activism. The uprising was an affective encounter that created affective attachments to gender equality and women’s bodily rights. Drawing from the literature on gender and the consequences of social movements, Dr. Allam will show how women’s encounters with gender-based violence in protests and exposures to new social and political networks influenced their personal and professional lives. Building on semi-structured interviews with women protestors, the presentation will focus on two examples from women’s biographies: women’s decision to remove the hijab and to move out of the family, and the decision by some protestors to change their careers and work in the area of women’s rights.

Speaker’s biography

Nermin Allam is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings. In addition to numerous chapters and entries, Allam’s work has appeared in Mobilization, Politics & Gender, PS: Political Science & Politics, Social Research: An International Quarterly, Middle East Law and Governance, Politics & Gender and Sociology of Islam, among other journals. Allam sits on the board of the Arab Political Science Network and is currently the co-editor for the APSA-MENA newsletter, the newsletter for the Middle East section at the American Political Science Association.

For further information about the seminar and to register (in order to receive the Zoom link), please email the LIVE-AR project team (

next seminars

11/06/2024 : Amany Mohamed Hamed Moussa (Bergen University), « Activism Across Time and Place: A Study of Syrian Activists’ Trajectories in Berlin and Oslo », via Zoom, from 2pm to 4pm (Paris time). In English.