The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center Workshop


Delimiting Egypt: Law, Land, Bodies

Organized by Claire Panetta and Prof. Beth Baron


.Friday, February 21, 2014

9:30 am-6:30 pm

 Graduate Center, Room 9206

Co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities


Event Schedule

Coffee/Tea: 9:30-10:00

 10:00-12:00  Law: Locality and Nationality

  •  Will Hanley (History, Florida State University): “What is a Local? Egyptians before Egyptian Nationality.”
  • Jeff Culang (History, CUNY Graduate Center): “The Unmixing of Peoples”: Nationality and Religion in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt.”
  • Discussant: Robert Tignor (History, Princeton University)

 Lunch: 12:00-1:00

1:00-3:00  Land: Frontiers, Heat, and Water

  •  Nancy Reynolds (History, Washington University): “Managing Aswan: A Frontier City’s New Landscape of Heat.”
  • Jessica Barnes (Geography, University of South Carolina): “The Politics of Prediction: Modeling Egypt’s Water Futures.”
  • Discussant: Alan Mikhail (History, Yale University)

 Coffee/Tea 3:00-3:30

 3:30-5:30  Bodies: The Politics and Religion of Healing

  • Sherine Hamdy (Anthropology, Brown University) and Soha Bayoumi (History of Science, Harvard University): “‘Doctors of the Revolution’: Egypt’s Political Uprisings and the Limits of Medical Neutrality.”
  • Ana Maria Vinea (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center): “Drinking the Word of God: Revelation, Materiality, and Science in Contemporary Egyptian Debates on the Qur’an as Treatment.”
  • Discussant: Marcia Inhorn (Department of Anthropology, Yale University).

 Coffee/Tea 5:30-5:45

 5:45-6:30   Closing Remarks


RSVP to to confirm attendance. Note that all workshop participants are asked to read the papers in advance of the meeting.

For more information: (212) 817-7571