Jannis Julien Grimm

Contested Discourses
& Contentious Politics

The politics of signification in post-revolutionary Egypt (2013 - 2018)


Recent spotlights


Two years ago nationalism sparked major protests in Egypt. Could it happen again?

Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, 15 April 2018

Egypt’s President Al-Sissi was reconfirmed in office after a presidential campaign that largely centered on his ability to safeguard national security. His nationalist discourse has largely been understood as an efficient tool to coopt pressure from below. This article contests this unidirectional reading and highlights how Egyptian nationalism may also carry the seeds of popular resistance

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Unpacking the effects of repression: Anti-Coup protest in Egypt after the fall of Morsi

Social Movement Studies, Vol 17, No 1, 2018

The coup against Morsi sparked a wave of Islamist mobilization in Egypt. This article retraces the contentious dynamics in the summer of 2013 with a focus on contentious repertoires. Debunking the myth of a swift defeat of the anti-coup protests, we show how repression changed the quality of contention. Three transformative events involving massive repressive violence impacted on protest spaces, tactics and timing.

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Free research in fearful times: Conceptualizing an index to monitor Academic Freedom 

Interdisciplinary Political Studies, Vol 3, No 1, 2017

This article outlines the conceptual architecture of ab Academic Freedom Index (AFI) spelling out a path towards reliable parameters for assessing the restriction and repression of researchers over time and on a cross-country level.

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After the coup: The convergence of governance in Egypt and Turkey

Sada, Carnegie Middle East Center, 27 April 2017

After Turkey’s constitutional referendum, it is increasingly apparent that its government is exhibiting similar authoritarian tendencies to Egypt since 2013.

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#SAFEResearch in hostile environments

Conducting field research has become increasingly risky in recent years, particularly in regions characterized by violent conflict, repressive political regimes, or state failure. Working under such conditions is challenging. However, guidance on how to prepare and conduct safe field research is not readily available. SAFEResearch aims at addressing this shortcoming with a new handbook for human and digital security in the social sciences.