(Video Podcast): Art and Political Struggle in Tunisia

The lecture “Art and Political Struggle in Tunisia” was organized by the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies. It took place at the University of Oslo on November 22, 2017. Watch the video podcast here.

A seminar with Professor Emeritus Charles Tripp, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

This talk will explore the ways in which artistic interventions have played a role in Tunisian politics during the years of revolution. Art has been a key method of reclaiming public space, of asserting the rights of citizens, and of challenging established power in Tunisia. As the years since 2011 have shown, this is an ongoing struggle, indicative of the nature of state power and of entrenched social norms, but also representing the emerging potential of the Tunisian public sphere.

About the lecturer

Charles Tripp is Professor Emeritus of Politics with reference to the Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy. His most recent book is The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East (Cambridge, 2013). He is presently working on a project on the rethinking of republicanism in Tunisia.