Mona Abaza is Professor at the Department of Sociology, American University in Cairo. Her latest books include The Cotton Plantation Remembered: An Egyptian Family Story (American University in Cairo Press, 2013) and Twentieth Century Egyptian Art: The Private Collection of Sherwet Shafei (American University in Cairo Press, 2011).
Strikes, protests and Egyptian nights of curfew
A conversation about journalism and research in times of uprising and repression on the fourth anniversary of...
The criminal, the victim, the policeman, the judge
“I do not know if Carlo Ginzburg would agree, but I came to evaluate fear as a precious tool for fieldwork in...
Where we come from
“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as...
“My presence in a public space holding a notebook let alone a voice recorder or camera would cause immediate suspicion.”
Ethnography in a time of upheaval – Egypt before and after the ‘Arab spring’
Even within the narrower parameters of public spaces, debates which might lead to issues around accountability and...
Sitting on top of Egyptian civilisation
Giving birth to a centre for liberal arts in a popular neighborhood of Cairo, which is covered in layers of stories,...