Yes this blog starts in January 2016, and no it isn’t a new year’s resolution.

Just before starting my fieldwork, my supervisors suggested I keep a blog. Since the idea of putting myself out there in the world is, well, not a favorite, I didn’t feel like blogging is my thing. After all there are great blogs about Cairo (look them up in the blogs I follow section) and better ones on PhDing, research, cities and urbanism, the Middle East and so on.

Yet here I am.

I took me a month to realize that field notes cannot accommodate all the constellation of happenings that emerge out of being here as a researcher and not only a city-zen.  More recently, the blog has generously accommodated my own renditions on being a phd student, the inevitable sentimentalism that accompanies any project of making meaning of the world- academic or otherwise. The blog is not about my PhD, but about it’s margins.


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