Interface 4/1. The season of revolution: the Arab Spring and European mobilizations

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Volume four, issue one (May 2012): The season of revolution: the Arab Spring and European mobilizations

Issue editors: Magid Shihade, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Laurence Cox. Guest editor (European special section): Mayo Fuster Morell http://www.interfacejournal.net/current/

Volume four, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme "The season of revolution: the Arab Spring" with a special section “A new wave of European mobilizations?”

Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to "learn from each other's struggles": to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts. Like all issues of Interface, this issue is free and open-access.

This issue of Interface includes 403 pages and 31 pieces in English, Catalan and Spanish, by authors writing from / about Australia, Canada, Catalunya, Dubai, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the US among other countries.

Articles in this issue include:

  • Magid Shihade, Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Laurence Cox, The season of revolution: the Arab Spring and European mobilizations

The Arab Spring:

  • Austin Mackell, Weaving revolution: harassment by the Egyptian regime (action note) and Weaving revolution: speaking with Kamal El-Fayoumi (interview)
  • Samir Amin, The Arab revolutions: a year after
  • Vijay Prashad, Dream history of the global South
  • Jeremy Salt, Containing the “Arab Spring”
  • Azadeh Shahshahani and Corinna Mullin, The legacy of US intervention and the Tunisian revolution: promises and challenges one year on
  • Andrea Teti and Gennaro Gervasio, After Mubarak, before transition: the challenges for Egypt’s democratic opposition (interview and event analysis)
  • Bassam Haddad, Syria, the Arab uprisings, and the political economy of authoritarian resilience           
  • Steven Salaita, Corporate American media coverage of Arab revolutions: the contradictory messages of modernity
  • Ahmed Kanna, A politics of non-recognition? Biopolitics of Arab Gulf worker protests in the year of uprisings
  • Aditya Nigam, The Arab upsurge and the “viral” revolutions of our times
  • Cassie Findlay,Witness and trace: January 25 graffiti and public art as archive (practice note)

 

Special section: a new wave of European mobilizations?

  • Eduardo Romanos Fraile,“Esta revolución es muy copyleft”. Entrevista a Stéphane M. Grueso a propósito del 15M
  • Marianne Maeckelbergh, Horizontal democracy now: from alterglobalization to occupation
  • Fabià Díaz-Cortés i Gemma Ubasart-Gonzàlez, 15M: Trajectòries mobilitzadores i especificitats territorials. El cas català
  • Puneet Dhaliwal, Public squares and resistance: the politics of space in the Indignados movement
  • Donatella della Porta, Mobilizing against the crisis, mobilizing for “another democracy”: comparing two global waves of protest (event analysis)
  • Joan Subirats, Algunas ideas sobre política y políticas en el cambio de época: Retos asociados a la nueva sociedad y a los movimientos sociales emergentes (event analysis)

 

Other articles:

  • Marina Adler, Collective identity formation and collective action framing in a Mexican “movement of movements”
  • Nancy Baez and Andreas Hernandez, Participatory budgeting in the city: challenging NYC’s development paradigm from the grassroots (practice note)
  • Magdalena Prusinowska, Piotr Kowzan, MaÅ‚gorzata ZieliÅ„ska, Struggling to unite: the rise and fall of one university movement in Poland 
  • Jim Gladwin and Rose Hollins, The Water Pressure Group: lessons learned (action note)

 

This issue’s reviews include the following titles:

  • Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, Why civil resistance works: the strategic logic of nonviolent action. Reviewed by Brian Martin
  • Firoze Manji and Sokari Ekine (eds), Africa awakening: the emerging revolutions. Reviewed by Karen Ferreira-Meyers
  • Amory Starr, Luis Fernandez and Christian Scholl, Shutting down the streets: political violence and social control in the global era. Reviewed by Deborah Eade
  • Rebecca Kolins Givan, Kenneth Roberts and Sarah Soule (eds). The diffusion of social movements: actors, mechanisms, and political effects. Reviewed by Cecelia Walsh-Russo
  • Florian Heβdörfer, Andrea Pabst and Peter Ullrich (eds), Prevent and tame: protest under (self) control. Reviewed by Lucinda Thompson
  • Observatorio Metropolitano, Crisis y revolución en Europa: people of Europe rise up! Reviewed by Michael Byrne
  • Arthur Lemonik and Mariel Mikaila , Student activism and curricular change in higher education. Reviewed by Christine Neejer
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Consent of the networked: the worldwide struggle for internet freedom. Reviewed by Piotr Konieczny

 

A call for papers for volume 5 issue 1 of Interface is now open, on the theme of "Struggles, strategies and analysis of anticolonial and postcolonial social movements " (submissions deadline November 1 2012). We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu. The website has the full CFP and details on how to submit articles for this issue at http://www.interfacejournal.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Interface-4-1-CFP-vol-5-no-1.pdf The next issue of Interface (November 2012) will be under the title “For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity”.     

Interface is always open to new collaborators. More details can be found on our website: http://interfacejournal.net.

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