Ihsan Mejdi

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Middle East Politics C-MEP

I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and a reciepient of the al-Qasimi scholarship. Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree, I obtained a master's degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University in 2019, Budapest, Hungary. I also completed my undergraduate studies at Hacettepe University in 2017, earning a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration, Ankara, Turkey.

 

 

 

Publications 

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

2022-  The Precariat of ’Nahj Esbania’: The Anthropology of Street Economy in Tunisia (Arabic). In Suq Nahj Esbania: Street Economy in Tunisia. Edited by Sofian Jaballah. FTDES.

2022- Leading with Locally Produced Knowledge: Development in Jemna, Tunisia (co-authored with Celeste Koppe). In Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development. Edited by Randy Stoeckerand Adrienne Falcón. Edward Elgar Publishing.

2019- Religious Secular Tension in Tunisia Since 2011 (co-authored with Zeba Rehman Khan). In Islamic Movements in the Middle East, Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation. Editd by P.R. Kumaraswamy, Md. Muddassir Quamar, and Manjari Singh. KW Publishers.

 

TRANSLATION

2023- al-Mghatta Valley: An Open Space for Double Absence: A Story of Stranded and Forsaken Migrants at the Margins of the State. Migration Report by the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights. Tunis 

 

 

INTERVIEWS

2022- An Incomplete Revolution: A Conversation with Mohamed Haj-Salem. Published by the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Member Voices, Fieldsights.

2018- Interview with Asef Bayat : Revolution, Politics of Fun, and Post-Islamism (in Arabic).  Published by Masalik, Tunis.

 

 

CONFERENCES PARTICIPATION 

2022- XV Convegno SeSaMO Conference Università di Napoli L’Orientale, Napoli. Explaining Crisis, Beyond Chaos. The Middle East and North Africa in Global Change . Presented paper:The Meaning(s) of Research as Relationship: Ethnography, Revolution, and the Politics of Post-Uprisings in the Middle East.

2019- A Scholarly and Political Dialogue with Benoit Challand at the Central European University, Budapest. Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology Lecture and Discussion Series on Politics and Depoliticization: The Dialectics of State-Society Relations: Lessons from Post-2011 Tunisia and Yemen. ‚Äč

2018- Hacettepe University, Ankara. The Annual Meeting and International Conference of the Consortium for Research in Political Theory. Presented paper:Secularists/Islamists ‘Tentative Friendship’ and the Possibility of Agonistic Democratic Transition in Post-revolutionary Tunisia.

 

NEWS ANALYSIS, OPINION

How EU policies have turned Tunisia into Africa's graveyard. Middle East Eye (2023)

Tunisia's new president has a big job in first 100 days. Anadolu Agency

Algeria election: Who is running for president?. Anadolu Agency

PROFILE - Algeria’s new president: Longtime official who praised protests. Anadolu Agency

Turmoil in Tunisia amid race for political power. Anadolu Agency 

An ''epigram'' inscribed by memories and read by a revolution. Aljazeera (Arabic).

Tunisia: A booming civil society, a fragile democracy, and endless challenges Ahead. Nawaat-blog

‘Two truths and a lie’ about ennahdha’s post-Islamism. Nawaat-blog

Jemna: Genesis of a model, or end of a social experiment?. Nawaat-blog

France’s colonial fantasies In Tunisia. Nawaat-blog

“Manich Msamah”: Resistance in times of consensus. Nawaat-blog

Redeyef youth in Lampedusa: marginalized at home, unwanted abroad. Nawaat-blog