On March 4 at 1:30 pm, join on Zoom to hear Claire Cooley discuss her latest research on “Sonic Labor: Female Cine-workers and the First Talkies in Cairo and Bombay.”
Signals of Hope Cairo: New Initiatives in Publishing Communities
“When the sound processor of my cochlear implant is switched on, I feel like I hardly know this place. I fail at all attempts to conjure the old sounds of my hometown as my brain now perceives them in a different way. The pitches, the frequencies, the tones, and the ranges now have offbeat qualities that have taken over the sounds of the past.”
“But after Ramadan, everything is permissible!”
“Perhaps what we need to preserve the city aren’t renovations of buildings deemed historic, but books we can carry with us through the city and through other cities, to remind us of where Cairo is and where it is heading.”
This year’s panel of judges is made up of scholars and translator-scholars: Tahia Abdel Nasser, Shereen Abouelnaga, Mona Tolba, Humphrey Davies, and Rasheed El-Enany.
Yesterday’s Guardian carried an extraordinarily upbeat portrait of Cairo’s book world from Cairo-based Jack Shenker. And Author Hamdi abu Golayyel (of The Laborer, or, as it’s titled in English A […]