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Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

Rounwah Bseiso

BA (McGill), MA (AUC), MA (SOAS, University of London)


Rounwah Bseiso
Rounwah Bseiso
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Working Title: Contesting the Role and Relationship of Art and the Political in the Streets of Cairo
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My research interrogates the contemporary practice of street art in Cairo post-2011 by elaborating on and problematizing the perspectives of street art practitioners against the backdrop of continued political change and turmoil. Based on in-depth, active interviews and participant observation in Cairo, my research examines how cultural producers in the street renegotiate and contest the meaning, role, and relationship of art and the political, and how this has affected their understandings of themselves, their society, and their everyday lived space. This research aims to examine the nuances of the rising critical art scene in Cairo by highlighting the street and the cultural producers in it as a rich ethnographic field worthy of study which can provide valuable insight on the changing political, cultural, and social understandings of art and the political in contemporary Egyptian society and the affect this has on related narratives such as subjectivities and identity.  


Cultural Studies, International Development, Media Studies, Contentious Politics, Political Communication, Politics, International Human Rights Law, Refugees, Palestine, Middle East Studies, Middle East Politics, and Visual Culture