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Cultural Seasons in Egypt: Artistic Expression and Public Discourse

Cultural Seasons in Egypt: Artistic Expression and Public Discourse

Cultural Seasons in Egypt: Artistic Expression and Public Discourse

Detail of graffiti on the wall of the Lycee. Photo: Hanaa El-Degham

The ARCE hosted conference, Cultural Seasons in Egypt: Artistic Expression and Public Discourse, attracted over 70 participants in early March. ARCE brought together American and Egyptian scholars and artists to share insights into the cultural production - art and music - in response to political upheavals in Egypt's more recent history; from 1879 through to the January 2011.

ARCE collaborated with Dr. Christopher Stone, a 2012-2013 ARCE fellow (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and this year’s scholar-in-residence, to organize the symposium. Dr. Stone is Associate Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Program at Hunter College. He is currently conducting fellowship research on musician and composer Sheikh Imam.

ARCE hosted the symposium with supplemental funding from the Council of Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) which funds the ARCE Fellowship Program with a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs / U.S. State Department.

This symposium provided a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas between generations and nationalities. ARCE was complimented on its decision to recognize the bilingual nature of its topic, presenters and participants. It seems our decision to use both languages – as preferred by the presenters themselves – was unique in conference planning.

Valerie Montes and Jordan Gerstler-Holton provided presentation summaries and translations from Arabic to English. ARCE thanks all those who were instrumental in making this symposium a success.

Listen to a music clip from the symposium >>


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