Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationNew York, Graduate Center, City U. of
Grant numberGr. 9357
Approve DateOctober 5, 2016
Project TitleSheet, 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.