DREAM Conferences

Présentation du programme ERC DREAM –
Drafting and Enacting the revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean (1950-2011)

Sous la direction de Leyla Dakhli – Chercheuse CNRS, historienne, spécialiste de l’histoire intellectuelle et sociale du monde arabe contemporain, Centre Marc Bloch.

Lundi 25 février 2019, 17h30 à la bibliothèque de l’IRMC, Tunis.

Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain
20, rue Mohamed Ali Tahar, Mutuelleville – 1002 Tunis (Tunisie)
Tél : (+216) 71 796 722 – direction@irmcmaghreb.org




Call for papers

When “Adjusted” People Rebel. Economic liberalization and social revolts in Africa and the Middle East (1980s to the present day)

Dear colleagues,

Here is a call for papers for a special issue of the social history journal International Review of Social History entitled « When “Adjusted” People Rebel. Economic liberalization and social revolts in Africa and the Middle East (1980s to the present day) ». We would like to receive by 15 April proposals for articles of about 3000 characters specifying the issues and the methodology envisaged. Articles should be written in English, but intermediate steps can also be done in French.

The proposals we will select should lead to first versions of articles by the beginning of November 2019.

We will focus on papers that offer a perspective from the actors (rebels or actors of liberalization policies) in a perspective of modern social history . Studies must be based on empirical work in one or more countries of the region concerned.

Please circulate in your networks.

For any further information:



The mobility of our research team is funded by the European Research Council.

December 3rd-4th, 2018: IRMC Tunis, Tunesia: Colloque international with Leyla Dakhli, Youssef El-Chazli, Amin Allal: “Saisir le transnational dans les mondes arabes contemporains – Objets, méthodes et terrains“. 

November 29th, 2018: University of Bern, CH: 18:15–20:00Uhr – Uni Tobler, Lerchenweg 36, RoomF-123. Dr. Youssef El Chazli (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin) will give a lecture on: “The Microanalytics of Revolutions: A Sociological Appraisal”

November 20th, 2018: 70th Anniversary of Free University of Berlin, Germany. 4pm – 6:30pm. ‚Global Responsibility in Times of Migration’. Input by Leyla Dakhli, 4:20pm. Location: L113, Freie Universität Berlin, Seminarzentrum, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 14195 Berlin. You can follow the debate on livestream https://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/70jahre/video/index.html  

November 20th, 2018: TRACES, CCO Jean-Pierre Lachaize, Villeurbanne, France.  Giulia Fabbiano will present her former dissertation work, published in a book called Hériter 1962. Harkis et immigrés algériens à l’épreuve des appartenances nationales (2016).

November 15th, 2018: Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, 16h30-18h00: Table ronde: Subjektivität des Wissens? Erzählung und Erkenntnis / Subjectivité du savoir ? Narration et connaissances. Avec Oliver Rohe & Leyla Dakhli. Moderation: Laurent Demanze.

November 14th, 2018:  Collège de France, Paris, Salle Marguerite de Navarre, 11h. Séminaire avec Prof. Dr. Leyla Dakhli, «Culture et Politique arabe» (Chaire d’Histoire contemporaine du monde arabe, Henry Laurens)

November 13th, 2018: Paris, France, 1pm – 3pm: Presentation de Dr. Leyla Dakhli sur “L’exception tunisienne et ses usages: réflexions sur une publication (Safwan Masri,Tunisia, An Arab Anomaly, Columbia UP, 2017)” The Conference is titled: “Un paradigme tunisien?“.  Location: Salle 3, de 13h à 15h, 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006, M° ND des Champs, Rennes ou Saint-Placide.

November 10th, 2018; Salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth, 19h, Dr. Leyla Dakhli: Débat Révolutions arabes: destins communs, destins divers  –  Salle 2 – Aimé Césaire avec Matthieu Rey, Nicolas Dot-Pouillard et Fouad Khoury-Helou.

November 10th, 2018; Salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth, 20h, Dr. Leyla Dakhli: Signature Une génération d’intellectuels arabes. Syrie et Liban (1908-1940) – Stand Librairie Orientale.

November 9th, 2018: Stand Collectif Arabophone, Beyrouth, Prof. Dr. Leyla Dakhli. Beyrouth, Liban. 20h: Rencontre autour de Histoire du Proche-Orient contemporain, avec Majed Kanj.

The Arab revolutions as an object of history: Moral economy, archives of the present, and revolutionary emotions (1950-2011)

Dr. Leyla Dakhli will give the above mentioned lecture at the University of Beirut and at the The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) on Wednesday, November 07, 2018, 6:00 PM, Auditorium B1, College Hall.

Abstract (L. Dakhli):

When speaking of revolution in the Arab world, two periods tend to cloud the historical horizon: the movements of 2010-2011, whose status as a revolution, or revolutions, has of late been tangled up in various discussions of Springs and Winters; and the revolutions tied to decolonization and the national emancipation struggles of the 1930s-1960s. Most of these revolutions are confined to national frames of reference, and were turned into instruments of authoritarian regimes – the Algerian Revolution, the Ba’athist coup d’état in Syria, the Libyan Revolution of the “Popular Democratic Republic”, the Nasserite Revolution in Egypt. Between these two periods, we are made to believe that nothing happened. This presentation seeks to forge the way to explain and understand by inviting expression rather than relying on “surprise” and the discourse of suddenness used to speak of revolution. To achieve this outcome, one has to rely on archives (intended as collections of documentation) that can address not only the question of the state and its dealing with threats, but also the people in their own social organization and the moral economy of their struggle.

October 22nd, 2018, Melanie Henry in Alexandria, Egypt: Intervention dans la table-ronde « Alexandrie(s) au quotidien- Expériences plurielles d’une ville mythifiée » sur invitation de l’Institut français d’Égypte à Alexandrie : « Fathallah Mahrûs (1936-2016) : l’imagination rebelle d’un ouvrier communiste alexandrin »

October 15th, 2018, Melanie Henry in Cairo, Egypt: Co-intervention dans le séminaire de recherche du Centre d’études et de documentation juridiques, économiques et sociales (CEDEJ) organisé par Marine Poirier et Karine Benafla, avec Youssef El Chazli : « Regards croisés sur les expériences contestataires alexandrines (1940-2015) »

“We all wanna change the world”

– The Revolutionary Sixties in the Mediterranean and the Middle East –

October 11th, 2018, 1pm – Oktober 12th, 4pm 

Organizers: Leyla Dakhli, Nazan Maksudyan, Jakob Krais. Location: Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin.  Partners : Centre Marc Bloch, ERC-DREAM, Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, Zentrum Moderner Orient. (Please click on this link for further information)