Global Conversations Inspired by the Arab Uprisings of 2011
The Back Story
Democracy Dialogue began as a way to share transcripts and videos from an historical encounter between Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi that took place in Egypt in 2012 during the turbulent post-revolution period. In this time of enormous hope mixed with tremendous uncertainty, ElBaradei was head of the Constitution Party (hizb al-dastoor), and on the verge of leading the opposition coalition, The National Association for Change. The Egyptian parliament was in the process of drafting a new constitution, the government of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi was facing growing levels of popular discontent, and pressure was mounting on the opposition to provide a viable alternative to the Brotherhood and the Military.
Professor Linda Herrera, member of Center for South Asia and Middle East Studies, and director of the Global Studies in Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), led a small delegation from Illinois that included Rajmohan and Usha Gandhi and Egyptian science professor Magdy Elabady. Our goal was to meet and support Egyptian youth and engage in a dialogue with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei about the Egyptian uprising, Gandhi's experiences during India's independence movement, and ways for navigating our times of uprisings, mass migrations, precarity, and struggles for democratic change. For more background on Democracy Dialogue and the ElBaradei-Gandhi encounter see articles in Mada Masr , Jadaliyya, and Illinois News Bureau.
GLOBAL STUDIES TEAM
A group of international graduate students in the Global Studies in Education program at UIUC contributed to Democracy Dialogue to ensure the project's global reach. They translated transcripts, subtitled videos, and organized social media in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Urdu.
GRAPHIC DESIGN BY SHIVA BAYAT
The dialogue between Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi took place in Cairo, Egypt on November 19 and 20, 2012. The interviewers were Linda Herrera and Magdy Alabady. The Office of International Programs and the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) provided initial support for this project. The filming was done by Figleaf Studios, under contract with the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Special Thanks to Usha Gandhi, Aida ElKashef, Rizwan Uddin, Abdelrahman Mansour, Christina Huang, Shiva Bayat, Tara Bayat, Alejandro Jaramillo and the photographer Mosa’ab ElShamy who generously has given permission to use his photos throughout this website and in the videos. The biggest debt of gratitude goes to Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi. They entered the dialogue with no conditions whatsoever in a genuine spirit of openness and exchange.
The videos, transcripts, and audio files displayed on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. You can modify and build upon this work as long as the original author (Linda Herrera / www.democracydialog.com) is credited in the new work, and the new work is non-commercial and licensed under identical terms.