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dc.contributor.advisor Rieker, Martina Ahmed, Yara 2018-09-18T08:05:15Z 2018-09-18T22:00:25Z Fall 2018 en_US 2018-09-18
dc.description.abstract This thesis is concerned with how we navigate the labyrinthine nature of our lifeworlds; as we build futures, we dream of other time-spaces. We hope; we wait; we feel stuck. More particularly, this thesis is concerned with the processes of movement that occur when precarious queer bodies dream of a somewhere else, echoing what is brewing in the body, what spills over the boundaries and categories of the possible and the impossible. I take an ethnographic approach in an attempt to trace the multiple projects of dream-making that are becoming around my interlocutors. These projects translate to a crafting of paths that navigate the tensions of moving out of a parent’s house, confessing an infatuation, getting out of bed in the morning, and imagining that life is elsewhere, can be otherwise. As bodies cultivate attachments amidst a colossal of heavy objects, they are often infested with uncertainty, fear, a constant diverging from one site to the next. They attach themselves to one object of desire and detach themselves from another. This temporary being in one world then the next, a constant searching for the somewhere else, reflects a complex relationship with hope, desire, fear, helplessness, stillness, depression, and frustration. Dream-making in my analysis is a site of temporal and spatial constructions. In this thesis, I investigate the architecture that surrounds dreaming of a better life and explore its sociopolitical implications and its incarnation in the everyday. The kind of architecture I am referring to here does not have a blueprint; however, it is endlessly shifting and changing. In taking a spatio-temporal approach to these questions, I am hoping to open up the borders of inquiry and rethink time-space through dream-making projects of the imagination for a more nuanced understanding of movement. en_US
dc.format.extent 105 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Mobility en_US
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Precarity en_US
dc.subject Time-space en_US
dc.subject Hope en_US
dc.subject Queerness en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Constellations of mobility: The politics of dream-making en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East/North Africa en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Cynthia Nelson Center for Gender and Women's Studies en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sabea, Hanan
dc.contributor.committeeMember Makram-Ebeid, Dina

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