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dc.contributor.advisor Rieker, Martina
dc.contributor.author Spirk, Darren
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-20T12:02:12Z
dc.date.created Summer 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://dar.aucegypt.edu/handle/10526/5956
dc.description.abstract This thesis addresses the increasing eminence of the image within contemporary social theory to intervene into what Tarek Elhaik terms the “sensorial turn” in anthropology. I implement a method of thinking through and with the image that balances creative and critical modalities of engaging socially embedded images beyond a semiotic approach. My entryway into such discussions is seven Cairo films from 2010-2013 that allow us to complicate “pre-” and “post-” revolutionary imaginaries and expand how to see, listen to, and think the political everyday and changing notions of publicness within the city. In tandem with the generative strategies of visual refusal in Maha Maamoun’s 2026, this thesis calls for re-approaching the visual in Cairo through an urban spatial focus on the present everyday-lived. In moving to the films Al-baḥth ‘an madīna, Karim, Cairography, Al-khurūg lil-nahār, Qaṣ, and Al-shuhub tudhakarunī bil-mutanaṣṣitīn, the thesis weaves deep descriptions of their images across various spatiotemporal contexts with distinct theoretical arguments relevant both to this period and the difficult horizon facing Cairo today. Through an embodied form of creative anthropological writing, I engage urban and visual culture scholars, as well as other social theorists, to perform the following: highlight long-standing and constitutive intersections of space and subjectivity otherwise to the global “imagining” of collective action in Tahrir; track how material spaces in the image open to ever-changing and contingent nodes of potentiality and violence in the politicized urban everyday; and read challenging liminalities of public and private space—at critical intersections of the aural and visual—within mundane images of eavesdropping. Ultimately, this project embraces a partiality of knowing that incorporates not only the particular contributions of this contemporary Cairo context but also a decolonial ethos from an urban global south perspective into emerging anthropologies of the image. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This thesis was supported by a research grant from the Graduate Studies office for archival research undergone at the Arsenal archive in Berlin in July 2019. en_US
dc.format.extent 128 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject political everyday en_US
dc.subject film en_US
dc.subject anthropology of the image en_US
dc.subject visual culture en_US
dc.subject decoloniality en_US
dc.subject sensory anthropology en_US
dc.subject urban theory en_US
dc.subject space en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Urban space and politics of the everyday: thinking through and with the image in contemporary Cairo 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.embargo.lift 2022-09-20T12:02:12Z
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Singh, Surti
dc.contributor.committeeMember Ginsberg, Terri


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