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Tetz Rooke and the linguistic aspect of the Arab spring

Tetz Rooke, Professor in Arabic, will speak about the linguistic aspect of the Arab spring.

Many Europeans followed the demonstrations of the Tahir Square in Cairo in real time via the Arab news channel Al-Jazeera Live. Protesters had posters were "The world is watching" was written large as reminders to the regime. And the world was indeed watching a revolution taking place live. A window was opened to the world; a window of attention but also of solidarity. Many Europeans felt a deeper understanding of what happened by watching these broadcasts. But how well can Europeans understand the events taking place? Isn't there an obstacle for understanding already in the fact that it all happens in Arabic? Isn't there a need of translation in order for borders to be transgressed?