Tagged: Egypt

Affective Readings: Emotion and Society in/of Egyptian Literature, 1990 to 2020

By Christian Junge. What are the social functions of reading literature? While many studies approach Arabic literature primarily through the lens of authors, the literary field, or sociopolitical discourses, my interdisciplinary postdoctoral research project, “Affective Readings”, shifts the focus to the readers. I ask: What do readers read, and how and why?

Re-shaping the “Socialist Factory” in Egypt in the Late 1960s–1970s

By Malak Labib. In January 2021, the Egyptian government decided on the liquidation of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company, one of the country’s oldest public-sector enterprises. While officials pointed to the company’s accumulated losses and its deteriorating production capacity, the decision was met with wide opposition.

تقديم الفلسفة وعلم الاجتماع للجمهور المصري

عمرو علي (الفلسفة/ علم الاجتماع، الجامعة الأميركية في القاهرة، مصر). عمرو علي. خرج شاب مصري متحمس من محاضرة في أواخر تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر 2017 وهرع إلى مقهى بالقرب من ميدان التحرير للقاء أصدقائه. وأخبرهم عن تلك المفكّرة التي تُدعى “حنة أرندت” التي عرف للتوّ أشياء عنها وعن فكرتها الخاصة بـ”البدايات الجديدة”.

Bringing Philosophy and Sociology to the Egyptian Public

By Amro Ali (Philosophy/Sociology, The American University in Cairo, Egypt). An enthusiastic Egyptian youth exited the closing of a lecture event in late November 2017 and rushed to a coffeehouse near Tahrir Square to meet up with his friends. He told them about this woman thinker called ‘Hannah Arendt’ who he just learned about and her peculiar idea of ‘new beginnings.’

The Long-lived “July Republic” and the Abolition of the Egyptian University’s Autonomy

By Amr Hamzawy. On September 28, 2020, a half-century had passed since the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The legacy of the “July 1952 Republic”, whose legal and political pillars he built between 1952 and 1954 and that he ruled until his death in 1970, is still omnipresent in today’s Egypt.

The Historical Junkyards of Cairo

By Shehab Ismail. The city of Cairo was surrounded by human-made mounds composed of rubbish and debris that had been piling up on the same spots for centuries. This blog post narrates how the author encountered the rubbish mounds during his research on the history of sanitation in Cairo. It explores two materials that were commonly found in the city’s dumpsters: archeological finds and organic fertilizers.

“The Ideological Deportation of Foreigners and ‘Local Subjects of Foreign Extraction’ in Interwar Egypt” – Interview with Rim Naguib

In this interview, Rim Naguib (EUME Fellow 2019-21) discusses her research interests, her recent article published by the Arab Studies Journal, and the complex relationships between colonial legacies and processes of national independence in (interwar) Egypt.

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