Leslie Chan in conversation with Hani Morsi, Ph.D. candidate within the Participation, Power and Social Change research team at IDS, University of Sussex. Hani's research focuses on the intersection between technology, political activism and rights claiming. In this conversation, Hani speaks about his observations during the citizen uprising in Egypt in Jan. 2011, and relates his views about the complex interplay between social media, activism, and the fluid boundaries between the virtual public sphere and the physical space where protests take place. Hani uses a number of instructive analogies to explain the social and political processes that have been unfolding in cyberspace and in physical space in Egypt. He also shares his view on the methodological and theoretical challenges of studying and framing the dynamics of citizen actions and social media in a society with highly contested political and sectarian divides.
Recorded on Oct. 8, 2012