“Somewhere during my ten days in Paris (and Brittany) I received an illumination of some kind that seems to’ve changed me again, towards what I suppose’ll be my pattern for another seven years or more: in effect, a satori: the Japanese word for ‘sudden illumination,’ ‘sudden awakening’ or simply ‘kick in the eye.'” Jack Kerouac, Satori in Paris.

I am an Associate Professor/Maitre de conférences of Sociology at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis and a member of CRESPPA-LabToP. I received a dual Ph.D. in Political Science from the Universities of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) in 2018. My research explores contentious politics and protest dynamics in North Africa and the Middle East, with a particular focus on Egyptian politics.

Before that, I was a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts) and a postdoctoral researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), serving as a core-researcher for the DREAM European Project, and was affiliated with the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin (Germany) and the Centre d’histoire sociale des mondes contemporains in Paris (France). I am still a member of the ERC-DREAM and within it I supervise, along with Dr. Amin Allal, a project entitled Protesting Today in the Arab Mediterranean. I also am an associate researcher at the CEDEJ, in Cairo.

Between 2011 and 2016, I was a graduate assistant at the Institute of Political Studies at Lausanne University and spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies, at Columbia University, New York. I hold a BA and Master from Sciences Po Paris, and before that I studied Law at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and Cairo University.

2 Replies to “About”

  1. Bonjour Monsieur El Chazli. J’ai parcouru votre site avec beaucoup d’intérêt. Originaire d’Alexandrie, je viens de publier un livre qui, vus vos propres écrits, pourrait vous intéresser et vous divertir: “Chroniques alexandrines” . Vous en trouverez les détails sur mon site robertnaggar.com et une présentation de l’auteur sur le site http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=54044&motExact=0&motcle=&mode=AND.
    En l’attente du plaisir de vous rencontrer un jour, Robert Naggar

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