CANCELLED! CMES Research Seminar: Law, Language and Space Making - Three Dimensions of Human Rights in Egyptian Feminist Activism Post-2011
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What can feminist activism in post-revolutionary Egypt teach theories of human rights activism? In this talk, I use the vivid and diverse women’s rights movement and feminist activism that emerged after the January 25th revolution in Egypt to develop a three-dimensional framework of human rights activism. The first dimension is human rights as law, which activists used to demand gender equality in Egypt’s new constitution. The second is human rights as language, used in activism against sexual violence, e.g., to challenge discourses of victim-blaming. The third dimension aims to analyse the vigilant street activism against sexual violence, and here I develop the concept of space making. Space making is an enactment of space that people are denied and, through bodily performative practice, challenges the preconditions to participating in politics, which allocate the boundaries of human rights subjects.
Emma Sundkvist holds a PhD in Human Rights. Her dissertation explores feminist activism in post-revolutionary Egypt and how activists used human rights in diverse ways during different periods of unrest and political instability. Her research interests are human rights and feminist activism, gender, and social movements in the Muslim world, focusing on transnational feminism and discourses on human rights. Sundkvist teaches human rights at University College Stockholm and Lund University. She successfully defended her thesis Human Rights as Law, Language, and Space-Making: Women's Rights Movement in Post-Revolutionary Egypt in May 2022.