12-07-2016: Encountering the Egyptian State in Revolutionary Times: A Rural Perspective



Encountering the Egyptian State in Revolutionary Times: A Rural Perspective

Talk by Yasmine Moataz Ahmed


Wednesday, December, 7 2016 – 6:30 – Room 9206

How did the 2011 uprisings in the Arab region shape the parameters of citizenship and revise perceptions of the State?  While most analyses the “Arab Spring” have focused on events in Tahrir Square and other urban centers, Yasmine Ahmed turns our attention to rural communities and their quest for citizenship rights.  Her talk explores how they have re-conceived—and mobilized—aspects of citizenship and state power in the years following Egypt’s “January 25th Revolution” that eventually deposed the long-term president Hosni Mubarak.  Based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork at the time of the uprisings, Dr. Ahmed foregrounds the political experimentation, the new agency and mobilizing, of rural communities in the village of al-Ab`adiyya Wālī  Mizār in Fayyūm governorate, Egypt. 

Yasmine Moataz Ahmed, an Arab Council of Social Sciences postdoctoral fellow, is based at the American University of Cairo. She gained her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2016. A chapter on that work appears in The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic (AUC Press, 2015). Ahmed’s The New York Egyptians: Voyages and Dreams (AUC Press, 2010) was based on her earlier Fulbright research on Egyptian labor migrants in New York City. 


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12 7 2016 Yasmine Ahmed


Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Room 9206


The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., at 34th St.
New York, NY 10016


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