1952-1962 Ten Years of Broadcasting in Egypt

Originally posted on On Paper:
On 23rd July 1962, the 10th anniversary of the 1952 revolution, the Egyptian State Broadcaster published a history of the Radio and Television under Nasser. It is an official publication and one that unquestionably presents an idealised (/propagandised) version of period. Because of this, it is a fascinating document of…

Why was Cairo so Calm?

The BBC documentary produced in 1982, asks why was Cairo so calm when Sadat was assassinated- a juncture I centre in my thesis. The documentary seems to be doing a more nuanced job than the famous American political science textbook that asks the same question. I am currently considering replacing the obligatory reference to Baker’s […]

The utter loneliness of studying of politics that doesn’t look like politics

The problem of course is that to fend this off you fall into a trap of claim to mastery that you have set from the beginning to dismantle, you thicken a skin that you are striving to scratch, beak and shed. You do what you are trying to undo, you perform certainties to your self-just-to get-through the day, a day that is worth spending in uncertainty, non-commitment, and sheer curiosity. The trap of power that is a vibrant, diverse, tolerant, critical, very friendly academic life.