Arab Spring; Urban Neighbourhoods; Politics; Middle East; Security; Statehood
Cantini Daniele (ed.) (2018), al-Intag al-Ma’rifa fi al-Jami’at al-Masriyya [Knowledge Production at Egyptian Universities]
, Idafat: al-majallah al-arabiyya li-l-ulum al-ijtima'yya, Beirut.
DennerleinBettina (2018), Contested Genderscapes: Islamic Languages of Women’s Rights in the Arab Region, in Amir-Moazami S, Hirschler K, Krawietz B, Freitag U, Gräf B (ed.), Brill, Leiden, 310-326.
DennerleinBettina, KreilAymon (2018), Family Affairs: The Doing and Undoing of Family in Modern and Contemporary Egypt, in Mueller Simone, Malinar Angelika (ed.), Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 279-294.
CantiniDaniele (2018), Intag al-Ma’rifa fi mustawa al-Doktorah fi al-Ulum al-Insaniyya wa al-Ijtima’iyya fi al-Jami’at al-Masriyya [Knowledge Production at the doctoral level in Humanities and Social Sciences at Egyptian Un, in Idafat: al-majallah al-arabiyya li-l-ulum al-ijtima'yya
, 41-42, 13-30.
CantiniDaniele (2018), Introduction: Rethinking private higher education, a collection of ethnographies, in Cantini Daniele (ed.), Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL, 1-26.
KreilAymon (2018), Reinventing Love ? Gender, Intimacy and Romance in the Arab World, in Fortier Corinne, Maffi Irene, Kreil Aymon (ed.), Peter Lang, Bern, 9-32.
Maffi Irene, Kreil Aymon, Fortier Corinne (ed.) (2018), Reinventing Love? Gender, intimacy and romance in the Arab World
, Peter Lang, Bern.
DennerleinBettina (2018), Religion als Reform. Iṣlāḥ und Gesellschaft in Marokko, 1830-1912
, ZMO Studies, Berlin.
Cantini Daniele (ed.) (2018), Rethinking politics of higher education: Ethnographic Perspectives
, Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL.
CantiniDaniele (2018), Romantic Love and Finding a Place in Life: Jordanian university students and their loving subjectivities, in Kreil Aymon, Fortier Corinne, Maffi Irene (ed.), Peter Lang, Bern, 141-163.
KreilAymon (2018), The Sensory Experience of Internationalism : On Aissa Deebi’s Exile is Hard Work, in Deebi Aissa, Simblist Noah (ed.), Birzeit Museum Press, Birzeit, Ramallah, 42-49.
DennerleinBettina (2017), Kulturalisierung transnational. Der Streit um Ehe, Familie und Sexualität ‚im Islam, in Freiburger Zeitschrift für GeschlechterStudien
, 2, 37-54.
KreilAymon (2017), Qahera Here and There : Navigating contexts in the translation of a Muslim Egyptian superheroine, in Lund Martin, Lewis David (ed.), Ilex Foundation, Boston (Mass.), 187-207.
DennerleinBettina (2017), Sexual rights and their discontents. Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī on homosexuality and the ‘Islamic family’, in Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies
, 17, 247-267.
KreilAymon (2016), Dire le harcèlement sexuel en Égypte : Les aléas de traduction d’une catégorie juridique, in Critique Internationale
, 70, 101-114.
DennerleinBettina (2016), Geschlechterverhältnisse in muslimischen Gesellschaften, in Brunner R (ed.), Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 463-480.
KreilAymon (2016), Territories of Desire : A geography of competing intimacies in Cairo, in Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies
, 12(2), 166-180.
KreilAymon (2016), The Price of Love : Valentine’s Day in Egypt and its enemies, in Arab Studies Journal
, 24(2), 128-146.
KreilAymon, MaffiIrene, FortierCorinne (2016), The Trouble of Love in the Arab World : Romance, marriage, and the shaping of intimate lives, in Arab Studies Journal
, 24(2), 96-101.
Kreil Aymon, Fortier Corinne, Maffi Irene (ed.) (2016), The Trouble of Love in the Arab World : Romance, marriage, and the shaping of intimate lives
, Arab Studies Journal, Washington, DC.
KreilAymon, Le « parti du canapé » : Mise en retrait de la politique et défense du quotidien en Égypte, in Mehdi Larbi, Bazin Laurent (ed.), L'Harmattan, Paris.
CantiniDaniele, Reforming universities in the Middle East – trends and contestations from Egypt and Jordan, in LATISS: learning & teaching
In the wake of the 2011 uprising, most research on Egypt has focused on political activists and the limits of the regime. The political configuration after the military’s intervention in 2013 seems to hint at the resilience of authoritarian regimes - rehabilitating works on this phenomenon that were probably a bit too hastily dismissed in the years following the uprising. Hence, the image of passive crowds asking for a strong regime to provide order and stability has gained new momentum. In contrast to approaches that oscillate according to the turn of events, this project tries to overcome simple dichotomies through an ethnographic study of the ways security becomes a topic in Cairo’s streets. By exploring the spaces of negotiation between state institutions and actors around security issues at the level of two low-income neighbourhoods, it sheds light on the micro-politics of Egyptian statehood. The project looks more specifically at the ways people define, organise and locate security in the area they live in and on whom they count for protection in case of trouble. An ethnographic inquiry will allow us to better grasp the complexity of the processes involved, by uncovering the sometimes slight differences in how people understand security and by relating them to structural features of the respective neighbourhood, such as its age, the network resources of its inhabitants, and its loyalty to the state. An analysis of the ambivalent image and role of the police, as protector and threat, will allow us to better understand the networks of trust and defiance underpinning the politics of institutional participation in Egypt. In addition, the diverse practices that aim at insulating neighbourhoods in order to protect them from unsafe surroundings will be closely studied. The local creation of safe neighbourhoods goes hand in hand with keeping them free from “politics” (siyasa ), identified as a potential threat to their security - strangely echoing official discourses claiming that monopolizing the realm of politics protects the unity of the nation. An analysis of the official media’s national narratives of security will allow a careful contextualization of the discourses and practices of security at the neighbourhood level and possible interferences between the two. In the official press, the defence of a safe everyday appears most clearly linked to the drawing of an equilibrium of power that gives free hand to the state to exclusively handle public affairs. Hence, unintended overlaps may occur between the ideal of a neighbourhood community staying at a distance from formal politics and the imaginary of the state’s total control of political expression. Beyond the Egyptian case, this research will provide us with important tools to link the issue of vulnerability with the structuring of the public sphere and the building of local counterpublics.