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[Part one of this series can be found here.] [Part two of this series can be found here.] Those who constituted the Occupy Gezi movement comprised an eclectic array of constituencies, each bearing its own list of ...  Read More »

لم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر تتجه نحو ثورتها الثانية. كل يوم مرّ بها منذ انحسار المنافسة الإنتخابية بثنائية محمد مرسي وأحمد شفيق أكّد على ذلك. ولم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر التي يعطي شعبها عادةً الفرص، كانت تنتظر اكتمال المصيبة ...  Read More »

Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with the first of two summer editions.  Mona Kareem translates a poem by the late Syrian poet Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain. Elisabeth Jaquette translates a short story by Youssef ...  Read More »

[Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain (1954-1982) was born in the Syrian city of Dara’a on March 1954 to a poor family. Growing up as a deaf-mute, he struggled with his education and decided to quit school. He worked as a ...  Read More »

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What ...  Read More »

Eyad Houssami, editor. Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre. Foreword by Elias Khoury. London: Pluto Press, 2012. Innana Mahkoumoun Bil Amal: Kitabat Fi Al Masrah. Beirut: Dar Al Adab, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What led ...  Read More »

Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, editors, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this ...  Read More »

The last installment of the three-part exhibition titled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here opened on Monday 13 May at the Cambridge Arts Council. The exhibition features artists' responses to an explosion that took place ...  Read More »

في الذكرى الخامسة والستين لنكبة فلسطين   [رسم أمل كعوش خاص بجدلية]  Read More »

“The pact that binds us to photographers puts our sight in their hands.” (From the introduction to Lahza, a book of Palestinian children’s photographs by ZAKIRA, Amers Editions, Beirut, 2009.) The Project These ...  Read More »

Jadaliyya's April culture bouquet arrives with a special focus on the visual arts.  Mehri Khalil contributes the first installment of a series of posts on the reopened galleries for Islamic Art at the Metropolitan ...  Read More »

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What ...  Read More »

[This is part of a collection of multi-media items that have circulated on Syrian social media networks over the past two years of the uprising. The collection does not necessarily reflect the views of Jadaliyya, but ...  Read More »

Lebanon, and its capital Beirut, are often represented by the media as islands of freedom in the Middle East. The well-heeled neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Downtown are reminiscent of a Parisian boutique; while ...  Read More »

In Jadaliyya's monthly culture bouquet Ella Shohat re-members Baghdad elsewhere, Sinan Antoon translates poems by Iraqi poets Saadi Youssef and Salah Faik, Samia Halaby writes on Abed Abdi and liberation art, and John ...  Read More »

30 آذار وثائقي/ 52 دقيقة من إخراج نضال بدارنة بمبادرة هي الأولى من نوعها، قامت هيئات ثقافية من قرية عرابة البطوف وعلى رأسها المركز الثقافي البلدي بدعم إعداد فيلم وثائقي عن يوم الأرض، الذي شكّلت القرية واحداً من ...  Read More »

Félix Boggio Éwanjé-Épée and Stella Magliani-Belkacem (FE&SM): In your work and your academic interventions, you have argued that the imposition of the categories of homo-hetero on the non-Western world is ...  Read More »

Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian revolutionary activist and blogger, has been released from prison after nearly two months behind bars. Fattah was ordered jailed by a military court on October 30 and summoned to ...  Read More »

"My music may be soft, but I'm a warrior on stage." So declared Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi as she explained how a girl who started off playing covers for melodic death metal bands like In Flames, Dark ...  Read More »

  The below cartoon is by Brazilian political artist, Carlos Latuff. It depicts the recent arrest in Saudi Arabia of Feras Boqnah and his film team. Boqnah and his associates recently produced a short documentary ...  Read More »

The following short film was directed by Dani Abo Louh and Mohamad Omran. It was recently released via Vimeo.          Read More »

Palestinian Film and Arts Festival September 26 - 30, 2011, Washington, DC Last week Washington, DC joined Chicago, Boston, Houston, Ann Arbor, and a string of other cities and communities in putting on the first DC ...  Read More »

A Child’s View from Gaza. 917 Washington Street, Oakland, CA. Currently on view. A Child’s View from Gaza, a traveling exhibit of the artwork of Palestinian children living in the Gaza Strip, opened in downtown ...  Read More »

[The writer Amir and the artist Khalil (both have chosen anonymity for political reasons) began publishing the webcomic Zahra’s Paradise online in February 2010. First Second Books has just published Zahra’s Paradise as ...  Read More »

[The writer Amir and the artist Khalil (both have chosen anonymity for political reasons) began publishing the webcomic Zahra’s Paradise online in February 2010. This week, First Second Books will publish Zahra’s ...  Read More »

antinormanybody. Curated by Barrak Alzaid. Organized with the support of Kleio Projects & International Resource Network. June 23 – August 10, 2011. Kleio Projects: 153½ Stanton Street, New York, NY. I wandered ...  Read More »

In the concluding voice over of Diaries, May Odeh declares, “It is difficult to allow occupation and political factions to steal away the last breath of the people who live tomorrow.” Her poignant film breathes more ...  Read More »

[The January 25th Revolution in Egypt brought to the fore the artistic talents of many of the youth who participated in the sit-ins and demonstrations of Tahrir Square. This is the first installment of a series of short ...  Read More »

Today, May 27, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets in different parts of their country to affirm their continued commitment to the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. In Tahrir Square, approximately 150,000 ...  Read More »

The following is a nine-minute documentary about Ayat al-Qurmuzi, a poet who was detained during the Bahraini uprising. The short film was produced as part of the Solidarity Campaign with Female Prisoners of Conscience ...  Read More »

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What is Vox Populi?

Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which includes street art, graffiti, popular non-commercial songs, hip hop, DIY YouTube series, etc.—the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political socialization and mobilization. Through interviews, analysis, individual and institutional profiles, video snippets, films, music videos, and visual and street art, Vox Populi communicates and showcases important trends about/from the region that are often left out in what is otherwise serious analytical treatments.

Featured material does not necessarily constitute an endorsement by Jadaliyya. Rather, it reflects trends, patterns, and emergent spaces for alternative forms of expression. 

If you wish to contribute to this page, send your material to VoxPopuli@Jadaliyya.com

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