Symposium on Egyptian Popular Culture
Produce, Consume, Conserve
Egypt’s place in popular culture is not disputed: in addition to producing popular culture for its own population, it exports heavily to the rest of the Arabic speaking world and occupies a prominent place in the popular imagination as ‘oum ad-dunya,’ or the mother of the world. Egypt's large population, and subsequently its large ‘amma, is a component of this. The documented work of scholars and researchers shows how Egypt’s population drove the development of record labels, printing presses, television stations, and many other forms of cultural expression. Egypt is also the site of great historical record, containing relics and monuments from the Ancient to the Khedival periods.
The symposium brings academics, conservators and practitioners together in serious conversation about how their work addresses the question of what is popular, how it is consumed by the ‘amma, and how we can preserve material for a changing ‘amma. Underpinning these conversations is the implicit question “what is the ‘amma?” This symposium will consider how academics and practitioners impact what the general public thinks and consumes and thus, how they themselves enter into the realm of popular culture. Furthermore, the symposium will address the question of responsibility: How and why should practitioners and academics interact with the general public? How do we consume but also conserve Egyptian popular culture? And lastly, what are the ethics of this engagement?
The symposium will take place from January 17-18, 2020 at the ARCE Cairo Center. It is open to the public and attendees are invited to register in advance by filling in the form available at the bottom of this page. Registering for this event is strongly recommended due to capacity limitations in the ARCE Cairo Center. Walk-ins on both days are welcome based on space availability.
Abstract Booklet and Schedule
Walking Tour Registration
Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment will operate a specially curated walking tour of Downtown Cairo from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on January 17 as part of the symposium activities. The tour will be followed by a breakfast and group discussion led by Dr. Shaimaa Ashour at the ARCE Cairo Center.
Registration for the tour is now closed.
Topics and Speakers
January 17, 2020
|Downtown Walking Tour||Ahmed Al Bindari|
|Opening: Seeing Comes Before Words...Cairo the Mega-City||Shaimaa Ashour|
|Roundtable: Producing Material for the Public|
|Conversation: Popular History and Living Religious Heritage|
|Conversation: Modern Art|
|Day 1 Closing Reception|
January 18, 2020
|Roundtable: What is 'amma? What is popular?||
M. Lynx Qualey
|Day 2 Closing Reception and Group Discussion|
Registration for the event is now closed.