In the opening of this special issue, we invite readers
to consider, through the articles presented, how various modes
of artistic expression and creative acts of resistance can lead to
a better understanding of the nature and implications of political
and social revolt, and how a focus on creative practices can be
part of the wider debate in a time of uncertainty and unrest. The
issue examines the important intersection between creative practices
and acts of resistance from an interdisciplinary perspective
with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and
Mediterranean regions. The introduction aims to frame the problems
presented by the sphere of creative practices of resistance
and clarify what is at stake with a view to providing impetus for
further research into this critical aspect of contentious politics.
It concludes by tracing how the general framing of the problems
operates within and through the different articles.
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