Discover the spontaneous practice that existed in various cities of Tunisia immediately after the fall of Ben Ali in January 2011. Explore the means by which people organized small committees to protect their neighborhoods, offered food and drinks to volunteers of these small committees; the forming of queues that were made to buy bread; or the practice of stopping at traffic lights, even if they were not working. Such acts functioned as social magnets and helped the structuring of a new temporary revolutionary, egalitarian social order. From this we can learn lessons of re-appropriating and reinventing new legitimate means of collective violence, away from state apparatae.
6pm Monday 25 July – Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade Bankstown
Benoit Challand is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York City. His talk is based on interviews conducted during and after the fall of the regime in Tunisia.