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Oberlin College

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Fall 2018

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Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean


This paper argues that Tunisia’s engaged artists are playing a key role in the development of Tunisian civil society and democracy. The bulk of the research is in the form of interviews with five Tunisian artists. Each artist is actively engaged in the project of building a stronger, more democratic society. Through their art, they exercise and protect the political rights won in the 2011 revolution. These artists resist censorship, powerfully and loudly exercise their right to free speech, and help Tunisian society envision a better future for itself. The five artists interviewed for this research represent the type of citizen the future of Tunisia’s civil society and democracy depend upon.


African Studies | Art and Design | Critical and Cultural Studies | Graphic Communications | International and Intercultural Communication | Political Theory | Politics and Social Change | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture


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