​Don’t miss Pascale Ghazaleh’s talk “Who Owns Egypt’s Past?” at AUC

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 5 Dec 2023

Pascale Ghazaleh
Pascale Ghazaleh

 

American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Tim Sullivan Lounge, Huss building 

Mon 11, 1pm-2pm: “Who Owns Egypt’s Past?” talk
by Pascale Ghazaleh, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of History, will raise questions such as How has heritage been imagined and produced in Egypt since 2011? In what ways has the regime co-opted the past to project itself into the future? What alternative visions of the past exist, and how have they been articulated? Since 2011, Egypt has undergone such profound changes that parts of the physical landscape are unrecognizable to visitors who have not seen the country since before the uprising. Politically, economically, and culturally, boundaries have shifted. The urban landscape has changed, sometimes dramatically: in downtown Cairo alone, new landmarks have sprung up, for example, in AUC Tahrir Square, now anchored by an obelisk that refers to a past far more ancient and pervasive than that of the uprising. Elements that were part of the background have taken center stage, while features Egyptians took for granted seem never to have existed. Despite these far-reaching transformations, the past weighs heavy on the regime and the population alike, shaping horizons of possibility and limiting what may be articulated in word or deed. How, then, has heritage been imagined and produced in Egypt since 2011? In what ways has the regime co-opted the past to project itself into the future? What alternative visions of the past exist, and how have they been articulated?
Meeting Room #2104A, Alwaleed Hall

Tues 12, 4-6pm: “Schooling the Nation” join this intriguing book talk with author Hania Sobhy, Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, as she discusses her book, Schooling the Nation. By approaching schools as key disciplinary and nation-building institutions, the book addresses the ways in which citizenship was produced, lived, and imagined in the critical years before and after the Egyptian uprising of 2011. Based on rare access to Egyptian secondary schools from 2008 to 2018, it dissects the constellations of marketization, noncompliance and violence that define Egypt’s 

‘permissive-repressive neoliberalism’ and shows how young women and men construct the state and negotiate national belonging. 

 

 

Bibliothek 

Arkan Plaza, 2nd floor, Unit SY-203, building F3, Arkan Plaza, Sheikh Zayed city, Giza, Tel 010 66860098/010 66500748

Sat 9, 7.30pm: Book signing and discussion of Ashraf El-Ashmawy's novel Maximum Speed is Zero, inspired by some true stories. 

Wed 13, 7pm: Book signing ceremony of Sherife AbdelMessih's book Super Vision

 

 

Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Tahrir Bookstore and Gardens

Thurs 30 Nov to 9 Dec, 10am-6pm: At the AUC’s Christmas Book Fair, enjoy 20 percent off on all books and special offers up to 75 percent. The bazaar features storytelling for kids with Hanan El-Taher, a Christmas bazaar and El Kousha (puppet theatre troupe).


* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 December, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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