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[2016/12/06] ISA International Guest Lecture: Mona Abaza - Cairo: On Enduring Daily Life and Subjective Flaire-Ups

 

ISA-Einladung

Mona Abaza (Cairo, Egypt): "Cairo: On Enduring Daily Life and Subjective Flaire-Ups"

Tuesday, 06. December 2016, 4pm

ÖAW, Institut für Sozialanthropologie
A-1030 Wien, Apostelgasse 23

 

If the late Janet Abu Lughod were to take a stroll around Downtown Cairo today, she would have been delighted that her “two cities” thesis, which she initially published in her “Tale of Two Cities” article in Comparative Studies in Society and History in 1965 and later developed later into an invaluable posthumous work, still remains a vivid example of Cairo´s contradictions and unrelenting dualities. The spatial dualities created after January of 2011 in Downtown Cairo, however, look a bit more diverse due to the momentous militarization of its urban texture. This new spatial segregation is the outcome of almost four years of urban war confrontations, resulting in wirings, fencing, and zoning of entire areas. Nonetheless, this unique “military urbanism” of Downtown Cairo, to quote Stephen Graham, still could be graphically translated into the creation of two clearly divided downtowns.