In November 2013 I invited a group of scholars from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, both young and experienced, to participate in a cross-reading conference in Cairo. Together with my colleague Lukas Wank, director of the online information platform Shabka, I facilitated this four-days conference. We used Non Violent Communication and Theme Centered Interaction as central methods for our work. Both have been successfully applied and adapted to intercultural settings at the MA Program in Peace Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from which this project has emerged. The experience of the Cairo conference has been a very important aspect in the process of writing and editing the book “Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising” as it gave space for a very fruitful dialogue about the often different interpretations of the revolution among the authors.
The book does not only aim at providing space for the different narratives and stories about the Egyptian revolution, which have been marginalized recently, but also represents the attempt to change how research and academic cooperation are being conducted. This book was a shared effort by a group of young and established scholars, Egyptian and European researchers, as well as activists and commentators who all deeply care about Egypt.