Reframing the ‘Arab Winter’: the importance of sleep and a quiet atmosphere after ‘defeated’ revolutions

Darci Sprengel

Junior Research Fellow Dr Darci Sprengel has published the article ‘Reframing the ‘Arab Winter’: the importance of sleep and a quiet atmosphere after ‘defeated’ revolutions’ in the latest volume of Culture, Theory and Critique. The article offers an alternative approach to the study of atmosphere by examining the relative absence of Egyptian independent music following the military’s return to power in 2014. It argues that periods of quiet, what the Western media has labelled the ‘Arab Winter’, are not reducible to defeat, inactivity, or repression. Instead, they comprise the exploration of third spaces, alternative imaginations, to pre-existing frameworks.

Dr Darci Sprengel is an ethnomusicologist and Junior Research Fellow in Music at St John’s College. Her research examines the affective politics of DIY music (independent music and mahraganat) in Egypt after the defeated 2011 revolution. Her first book manuscript, ‘Postponed Endings’: Youth Music and Affective Politics in Post-Revolution Egypt, currently in progress, demonstrates how DIY musicking renders public atmosphere material and tangible and analyzes its effects on notions of desirable political action. She has two additional research projects. The first analyzes music streaming technologies using a feminist and critical race approach to digital media. The second explores the influence of Sub-Saharan African culture in Egyptian popular culture, interrogating the politics of Arab anti-blackness through the lens of critical race theory.

Read the full article on Taylor & Francis website.