Congratulations to dr. alma khasawnih who yesterday successfully defended her dissertation!!
"Embodied Writing: Gender and Class in the Graffiti and Mural of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution” traces how before, during, and after the mass protests that ousted president Hosni Mubarak, graffiti and murals in Cairo’s streets served as active participants in the revolution, becoming an ongoing form of public contestation, communication, and control. Because of their ephemerality—they were regularly painted over and erased—these expressions have often been dehistoricized and decontextualized. alma’s research grounds these visual culture productions in geographic and affective space, political and historical time, to demonstrate the embodied stakes of political change in everyday Egyptian life. She makes visible structures of gender, class, and religiosity central to claiming, negotiating, and policing access to public space and to understanding diverse forms of political participation. Her committee—Professors Paul Amar (UCSB), Kim England, Priti Ramamurthy, Ralina Joseph (GSR), and I—unanimously endorsed alma’s contributions to debates within feminist geography, public art, and Egyptian history and politics. We look forward to how alma will continue to develop this work as she moves into a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Gonzaga University, where she will teach in the Communication Studies Department.
Kudos to dr. khasawnih!
Sasha Welland, alma khasawnih's Supervisory Committee Chair and Advisor