Industrial Sexualities in Twentieth-Century Egypt | Hanan Hammad

E 350 | In this episode, we discuss the emergence of new masculinities, femininities, and visions of "good sex" in Egypt's al-Mahalla al-Kubra, a city in the Nile Delta that became one of the main centers of industrial production and manufacturing in the early twentieth century. How did men and women who came to al-Mahalla to work in the factory, run boardinghouses, and perform other forms of labor negotiate the coercive hierarchies of industrial capitalism in their daily and intimate lives? What can we learn about modes of existence and resistance from considering their experiences, and how do the stories of working-class men and women challenge or nuance the more well-known accounts of gender and family in Egypt that have been based on the middle-class press? See more at Hanan Hammad is Associate Professor of History and the director of Middle East Studies at Texas Christian University. She earned her Ph.D. in Middle East History with a supporting field in Persian studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and was a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Germany) in 2011 and at Woolf Institute (Cambridge, UK) in 2015. Susanna Ferguson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled "Tracing Tarbiya: Women, Gender and Childrearing in Egypt and Lebanon, 1865-1939." Seçil Yilmaz received her PhD degree in History from the Graduate Center, CUNY with her dissertation entitled "Love in the Time of Syphilis: Medicine and Sex in the Ottoman Empire, 1860-1922." She is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Society for the Humanities and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. CREDITS Episode No. 350 Release Date: 05 March 2018 Recording Location: Washington, D.C. Audio editing by Susanna Ferguson Music: Harmandali - Recep Efendi, Cemal Efendi Images and bibliography courtesy of Hanan Hammad Available at:

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