SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Rounwah Adly Riyadh Bseiso

BA (McGill), MA (AUC), MA (SOAS)
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Rounwah Bseiso
Ms Rounwah Adly Riyadh Bseiso
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Thesis title:
Revolutionary Art during and after the Egyptian Revolution: Liminality and Creativity
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This research undertakes a critical interrogation of revolutionary art in Egypt in and following the 2011 revolution by historically grounding understandings of this art within the temporality of the Egyptian revolution. Temporality is understood here through the framework of liminality which helps us address the Egyptian revolution as a historical process and a period of liminal time characterized by “in-betweeness” in which the normative order is momentarily suspended, and essentially turned upside down to give space for a new order, new narratives, and new ideas to emerge.

This research argues that the Egyptian revolution led to the emergence of different liminal moments (through its three main phases) which informed how Egyptian art producers perceived their understandings of revolutionary art as the revolutionary process unfolded.


  • Book Chapter in artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism (part of the Protest, Media, and Culture series)
    Title of Chapter: Making Art Relevant in the Aftermath of the Egyptian Uprising
    Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield International
    Date of Publication: November 2017
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Article in Arab Media & Society (Issue 23, Winter/Spring 2017)
    Title of Article: Revolutionary Art or “Revolutionizing Art”? Making Art on the Streets of Cairo
    Date of Publication: January 15, 2017
  • (Forthcoming) Peer-Reviewed Journal Article in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (CSSAME)
    Title of Article: Art in the Egyptian Revolution: Liberation and Creativity
    This article if part of a Special Section Entitled: “Pushing the Status Quo: Liberation in Art and Cultural Practices in the modern Middle East.”


  • Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East: Post-colonial conflicts, Pedagogies of Art History, and Precarious Artistic Mobilization, June 2016. Presenter on the Political Art Panel – “Revolutionizing Art on Cairo’s Streets” (Organized by Birkbeck University of London and the University of Nicosia, and held at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus).
  • Techniques of Art and Protest, King’s College London, September 2015. Presenter on the Art, Activism, & Institutions Panel - “Contesting the Role and Relationship of Art and the Political in the Streets of Cairo”. Organised by the Politically Led Art & Networked Knowledge (PLANK) research group, and supported by the Graduate School at Goldsmiths College, and the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London.


  • London Middle East Institute (LMEI)
  • Membership with the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)


  • Cultural Studies
  • International Development
  • Media Studies
  • Political Communication
  • Politics
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Refugees
  • Palestine/Arab World
  • Middle East Studies
  • Middle East Politics
  • Visual Culture Studies