Urban revolutions have been envisaged as hybrid, unpredictable and somewhat incidental in the political arena, in some cases political instability, mass protests, riot and revolt erupt as a reaction to a particular event. Other times protest gathers momentum over time.
This project looks at the emergence of urban unrest in the Middle East. It focuses on a pilot study on the Lebanese capital Beirut and Martyrs Square. This meeting place in the national capital has been a site of repeated unrest reflecting protest and dissidence in this fragile multi-confession state.
The project will reconstruct historical events and narratives and use spatio-temporal analytics to relate frequency of acts of dissidence to the social-political and economic condition of that time. This approach could later be applied to other cities/contexts facing situations of conflict and revolt. Analysis of causes of conflict and its damaging consequences on local communities and their cities are generally presented from a one-sided point of view which is governments and authorities in charge of maintaining order and law. But in this work, we aim to bring and present another side of the narrative and other viewpoints of other players witnessing these incidents (NGOs, communities, Political analysts etc) in order to avoid biased analysis and move towards more reliable predictors of stability.