Douaa Sheet

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

New York, Graduate Center, City U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9357

Approve Date

October 5, 2016

Project Title

Sheet, Douaa, City U. of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY - To aid research on 'The Politics of 'Dignity' in Post-Uprising Tunisia: Transitional Justice, Social Suffering, and Shifting Fault Lines,' supervised by Dr. Vincent Crapanzano

Preliminary abstract: This project is a study of the politics of ‘dignity’ in Tunisia, which mobilized the 2011 uprising, and has since emerged as central trope for Tunisians in articulating political demands and imagining social futures. Through the lens of the Truth and Dignity Commission that was inaugurated to address the political abuses of the fallen regime, I conduct an ethnographic and historical study of the novel politics that the discourse of ‘dignity’ has been bringing forth in Tunisia through three main lines of inquiry: the historical processes and socio-political conditions that fueled the 2011 demand for dignity, the impact of the transitional justice process on the status of victims and their perceptions as ‘victims with no dignity,’ and the shifts that the discourse of dignity has engendered among preexisting socio-political fault lines of class and identity in Tunisia today. The objective of this project is to provide an ethnographic account of the ways in which ‘dignity’ has brought forth a new modality of politics in which compassion for victims’ past abuses and the aspiration for a ‘life with dignity’ are irreconcilable. Thus, this urgent project investigates the new socio-political relationships, identities, and projects that have been emerging through a novel political language in the wake of a period of political violence and uprising in a pivotal region in the Middle East.