Reconfiguring Periphery: Localizing Spatial Dependencies of Capitalism in West Asia and North Africa


  • Andrea Fischer-Tahir
  • Dimitris Soudias



MENA, Space, World-System Theory, Resistance, Knowledge, Capitalism, Periphery


This article introduces META issue #5 on "Periphery", discussing relationships between processes of peripherialization, agency, and knowledge production.


Andrea Fischer-Tahir

studied Arabic and Oriental philology, social anthropology, and studies of religions at the University of Leipzig, where she received her PhD in 2003 with a thesis on resistance and memory in Iraqi Kurdistan. She has long-standing research experience in the region and has also published on gender, media, knowledge production, and rural-urban dynamics. She became involved in civil society projects in Kurdistan, and her book, Brave Men, Pretty Women: Gender and Symbolic Violence in Kurdish Urban Society, was translated into Kurdish in 2011. Currently, she is a research fellow at the research network "Re-Configurations: History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa" at Marburg University.

Dimitris Soudias

is a research fellow in the BMBF-funded "Re-Configurations" project at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Philipps University, Marburg. His recent publications include "Policing January 25: Protest, Tactics, and Territorial Control in Egypt's 2011 Uprising" (META-Journal 4, 2015), Negotiating Space: The Evolution of the Egyptian Street, 2000-2011 (The American University in Cairo Press, 2014), "Präsenz und Raum in der Arabischen Revolte" together with Christoph Schumann (Präsenz und Implizites Wissen. Ed. Christoph Ernst and Heike Paul. transcript, 2013). His current work focuses on the role of space-making practices and protest experiences during the 2011 square occupations in Cairo and Athens.





Fischer-Tahir, A., und D. Soudias. „Reconfiguring Periphery: Localizing Spatial Dependencies of Capitalism in West Asia and North Africa“. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Bd. 5, November 2015, S. 5-12, doi:10.17192/meta.2015.5.3800.