The Politics of Youth and the Revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Arab World

09 Dez 2015
Mayssun Succarie talked on “The Politics of Youth and the Revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Arab World” in the framework of the EUME Berliner Seminar on 25 November 2015 at the Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin.

The seminar was held on the theme “EuroMaidanTahrir: Trajectories of Revolution and Violence in Eastern Europe and the Arab World”. Mayssun Succarie’s contribution focused on the rise of youth and social media rhetoric to describe the uprisings in Egypt, 2010, and in Ukraine, 2014. Media, academic and policy reports dubbed the revolts as youth-led uprisings. Succarie looks at the promotion of youth-as-revolutionary-actor rhetoric in both cases comparing rhetorical claims with empirical evidence of actual patterns of activity and participation on the ground. Who does promote the youth frame? Why is it so widely embraced? Whose interests does it serve? What does the youth frame tell us, not just about these two events, but about the broader global cultural and political and economic context that we inhabit today?