miriam cooke

Creativity and Resilience in the Syrian Revolution (2016)

R/evolutions: Global Trends & Regional Issues

In Syria, a country cowed into silence and compliance for forty years, a revolution broke out in march 2011. In digital and plastic arts, in videos, still images and films, in novels and short stories, organic intellectuals inside and outside their country crafted works that emerged out of the revolution, insisted on its persistence as a revolution and pointed toward a future it might yet engender. To understand what is behind the Syrian revolution, its ruthless repression, the mass movement of citizens it precipitated and the cultural movement it produced, I will look back to the last century and also forward to speculate on the future role of syrian revolutionary intellectuals in imagining a new form of governance and creating a memory for the future.

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Creativity and Resilience in the Syrian Revolution