Title

Fire!: Agent of Change

Date

5-29-2014 12:00 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 12:15 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

David Doellinger

Session Title

History Senior Thesis Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop and David Doellinger

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The following paper will examine fire as an agent of change broadly, and more specifically in Tunisia during The Jasmine Revolution through the lens of self immolation and its impact on the people. This paper will look at the history of self immolation as a form of protest, as well as reasons why human beings attempt such an elaborate, visual, personal, and yet seemingly horrific action, and it will examine in depth a man named Mohamed Bouazizi who used such a protest to begin the first of the revolutions which are still going on to this day. This paper will also show how the people of Tunisia came to see Mr. Bouazizi’s actions as a catalyst to revolution and the way that they used social media both before and after he set himself ablaze in front of a police station in Sidi Bouzid; as well as explore some of the changes that have taken place since the relatively peaceful revolution that took place in Tunisia.

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Fire!: Agent of Change

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

The following paper will examine fire as an agent of change broadly, and more specifically in Tunisia during The Jasmine Revolution through the lens of self immolation and its impact on the people. This paper will look at the history of self immolation as a form of protest, as well as reasons why human beings attempt such an elaborate, visual, personal, and yet seemingly horrific action, and it will examine in depth a man named Mohamed Bouazizi who used such a protest to begin the first of the revolutions which are still going on to this day. This paper will also show how the people of Tunisia came to see Mr. Bouazizi’s actions as a catalyst to revolution and the way that they used social media both before and after he set himself ablaze in front of a police station in Sidi Bouzid; as well as explore some of the changes that have taken place since the relatively peaceful revolution that took place in Tunisia.