"From the Balcony: Space, Class and Gender in Urban Egypt"

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Farha Ghannam, professor of anthropology, Swarthmore College 

The Balcony is an important space in Cairo. This space of in-betweenness, both public and private, inside and outside, comes in different shapes, colors, and sizes. It affords the residents of Cairo not only a functional space but also a socio-cultural medium that allows them to circulate meanings and display their status. Drawing on ethnographic research, theories of practice, new materialism, and rhythmanalysis, this talk explores how the balcony connects and separates, enables and limits, and protects and exposes. Observing through the balcony and observing the balcony illustrates the need for close exploration of the connection between time and space and how this connection is actualized and embodied in daily life. It shows that the balcony is a productive space for urban studies that helps us account for the multiple disparities and complex local, national, and global forces that structure daily life in cities as well as the role of ordinary citizens in shaping various city spaces.

Tea at 4:15 PM

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Middle East & Islamic Studies Program in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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