Cairo After Dark: Historiography of the Middle East

19 Oct 2021


Speakers: Raphael Cormack

This talk will ask what the history of modern Egypt looks like told through the lives of some of its most famous and charismatic female entertainers, from singers to dancers to nightclub owners. Seeing the world from their perspective offers new ways to look at this period but also comes with many historiographical complexities: How are women's life stories traditionally told? Can certain approaches obscure as much as elucidate? What sources are available and what are their inherent biases? What biases do I as a historian bring to the project? The talk will also touch upon these issues.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 3:00pm
Sponsored By: 
The University of California, Los Angeles Center for Near Eastern Studies