Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D., Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication and The Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics & Culture presented a keynote address, “Pop Music Celebrity as Political Practice in the Arab Uprisings,” on November 6, 2014 at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The two-day conference, “A Long Way to the Top: The Production and Reception of Music in a Globalized World,” was co-sponsored by the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Benelux chapter. It “aims to bring together scholars from various countries each with their own perspective to engage in an international exchange of ideas and current research insights about music production and reception.” Click here for more information.
Kraidy is a 2014/15 Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study where he is researching Arab creative dissent in revolutionary times. He also recently delivered a talk at Politics of the Digital at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. Drawing on political and cultural theory, this talk situated revolutionary struggle in the digital era as a contest over the body politic. It identified two modes of revolutionary dissent, “biopolitical” and “transgressive,” and argued that they undergird the intertwined temporalities of revolution.