Purpose of the Workshop
This workshop aims at shedding light on the transnational dynamics in which Arab left-wing trends have been embedded, especially during the 1960-70s, the glorious period of left-wing revolutionary movements throughout the world, in one word: the Tri-Continent moment.
The radical left that emerged after 1967 mainly took a critical stance towards the USSR, the Arab communist parties, and the Arab regimes, which have proved unable or unwilling to take the bull by the horns. But how did left-wing syntax and revolutionary imaginaires become a driving force throughout the world? And how have they opened the path to revolutionary romance and revolutionary violence? Violence, however, does not constitute the main criteria defining radicalism. By radical, we point to the desire to initiate social and political change involving the transformation of cultural practices and ethical principles, of man itself.
About the Workshop
Strangely enough, the sparse scholarship devoted to the Arab left in the 1960-70s has long remained restricted within a national framework. But the national scale of analysis does not allow one to take into account the revolutionary passions involved, which were shaped by a transnational interpretative framework inspired by Marxism and embedded within the wider context of the struggles for decolonization and the Cold War. Thus, this workshop welcomes communications that shed light on circulations and transnational networks, at the regional and global scales, as well as on ideas, emotions, practices, and models diffusion and transformation, although it does not exclude the national framework, which remains a relevant scale of analysis.
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