Said, Karem

Grad Status: 
Third Year Cohort

I plan to continue research on the transformative power of knowledge economy in Egypt, looking at the architectural production mobilized by this discourse, particularly of IT office parks and newly built universities in Cairo. This research stems from a broad interest in how aesthetics are instrumentally deployed to shape subjects and notions of political authority, and how such forms are actually received and experienced. Related interests include neoliberalism, urban anthropology, performance and phenomenology.

Following several years of work in journalism, I earned a master’s degree in Sociology-Anthropology from The American University in Cairo. My master’s thesis explored the mutual production of disciplined subjects in Egyptian corporate workplaces and secondary school education, highlighting the centrality of disciplinary norms in neoliberalism. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Trinity University.