DREAM – Drafting and Enacting the Revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean


DREAM, Drafting and Enacting the Revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean, seeks to write the history of the revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean since the independences. It aims to write a transnational history of often forgotten struggles, recall facts and original forms of resistance. We know very few about the revolts that occurred in this period, and even less about the memory that they left in the societies, the way these memories circulated. This rediscovery of revolutions in the shadows must be done through the collection of original material, specifically “poor archives” of the ordinary and the production of Archives – through a combination of classical interviews and innovative methods that involve researchers, archivists, artists and the actors themselves.

The objective is to write a history that focuses on emotions and paths of revolts, telling us more about the link between all dimensions of human lives in these territories (religion, gender, social positions) and the articulation of these dimensions in the revolutionary projects. DREAM aims to write a history that doesn’t produce heroes or big figures, doesn’t discuss success or failure, but tries to understand the motivations and the potentialities that were at stake in different episodes and moments, during the uprisings and in between them. 

It aims to explore the historical signification and the concrete aspects of the call for dignity (Karama/sharaf) in a space that, after liberating itself from the colonial domination, was trapped into the illusion of a common faith (being it the Arab nation or the Islamic umma) and the concrete oppression of authoritarian regimes. This period needs urgently to be explored and history, with its modern tools and patterns, can embrace and trace the particular conditions in which Arab people lived for more than six decades, and specifically the frames of their dreams and projections.

The DREAM project is funded by the European Commission via the Excellent Science program and the European Research Council. It is active from September 2018 through February 2024 and has a budget of € 1 941 050 . It is implemented by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). It is a regional project that includes the entire Arab Mediterranean region.

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The killing of an African-American man, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 triggered a wave of protests and acts of civil disobedience throughout the United States. These protests were accompanied by demonstrations of solidarity across the globe. In this Crown Conversation, we asked three members of the Crown Center research team—Hayal Akarsu, Junior Research Fellow; Yazan Doughan, Neubauer Junior Research Fellow; and Youssef El Chazli, Junior Research Fellow—to reflect on how their research on related topics in Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt sheds light on aspects of this global moment of mobilization, demand for police reform, and reexamination of racial and social inequalities.

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  • Authors/Publusher: Charles (Corky) Goodman, Editor; Hayal Akarsu, Yazan Doughan, and Youssef El Chazli, Contributors
  • Year: 2020


  • Language(s): English
  • Number Of Pages: 9
  • Type Of Document: Report, interview/discussion


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