Lebanon has been experiencing an unprecedented wave of protests since October 17, 2019, novel in terms of scale, longevity, and appeal. Yet, this movement did not emerge in a vacuum, and can be seen as a continuation of mobilizations and conflicts over the past 15 years. How this history is told, and where the boundary markers are placed, is not politically-neutral.
In this Global Cafe, we will discuss the shifting narratives and frameworks that help insurgent actors, media observers, and globally-minded citizens make sense of current events. This is a discussion that is rooted in a particular place and time, but it is also relevant to all contexts where people are making and writing history.