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On Friday 7 December LUCIS organises a special event about the current political situation in Egypt. A panel consisting of academics, journalists, and analysts discusses the recent political happenings in Egypt and their repercussions within the cultural, economic, historic, religious, and social realms. Location: Cleveringaplaats 1 (Lipsius Building), room 005, Leiden. Time: 14.00-17.00 hrs. Open to all! 'A Revolution in Progress: The Case of Egypt' Egypt’s countrywide presidential elections resulted in the victory of Islamic parties and the defeat of secular ones in the summer 2012. Yet even before their success at the polls, an abundant amount of commentary circulated that sought to analyze and understand, lament, and most notably--warn--the Egyptian population against their rising popularity. This panel brings together academics, activists, and journalists to discuss the recent political happenings in Egypt and their repercussions within the cultural, economic, historic, religious, and social realms. Through the panelists’ presentations and their ensuing discussion with audience members, we can together examine how these recent and ongoing experiences influence our understandings of Egypt post-February 2011 and the region at large. Panel members Lina Attalah: is the chief editor of Egypt Independent (www.egyptindependent.com), an English-language news media based in Cairo and a sister publication of Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt's flagship independent daily. She is active in several collectives and initiatives, including the Access to Knowledge for Development Centre of the American University in Cairo and Arab Techies, a loose network of journalists, programmers and digital activists. She also co-founder of Take to the Sea, a research and art collective concerned with issues of migration and mobility. Sharif Abdel Kouddous: is an independent journalist based in Cairo. He is a fellow at the Nation Institute and a correspondent for the independent TV/radio news hour Democracy Now!. Sharif has reported from Iraq during the US invasion, Syria during the civil war, Gaza during Israel's assault on the territory and Egypt during the revolution. He is a board member of the independent media collective 'Mosireen' in Egypt. Sharif is the 2012 recipient of the Izzy Award for "outstanding achievement in independent media" for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution. Sherine Tadros: is a Middle East Correspondent for al Jazeera English. An award-winning correspondent, she is currently based in Cairo and covering events of the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently she has been reporting on the uprisings in Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Other assignments include her coverage of the Hariri indictments in Lebanon and the conflict in Sudan. The highlight of her career was being one of only two foreign journalists covering the Gaza war in 2008-09, from inside Gaza. In 2009, she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Monte Carlo Award for her outstanding work. Sherine holds two degrees in Middle East politics and previously taught undergraduate politics at SOAS, University of London. Atef Said: is a human rights activist who practiced human rights law in Egypt from 1995 to 2004. He is author of “Torture in Egypt: A Judicial Reality" (2000), published by the Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners, and "Torture Is a Crime Against Humanity" (2008), by the Hisham Mubarak Law Center both organizations based in Cairo. Said is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and working on his dissertation about the Egyptian revolution, tentatively titled “The Egyptian revolution of 2011: Politics of Classes, Tahrir and the State”. Tsolin Nalbantian, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Middle East History at Leiden, will be the moderator of the discussion. Nalbantian is a historian who focuses on state and society in Syria and Lebanon in the 20th century. Her research interests include examining the roles minorities have played in the construction of the nation-state and nationalism; the interactions of diasporic populations with other populations and the state in the Middle East; and the politicization of identity