MENA Events

MENA Events

MENA Open House:

Music, Food, and Community

  • All are welcome
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022
  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm
  • IASH Conference Rm (Library North-1106)

MENA Lecture:

  • “Street Sounds: Listening to Everyday Life in Modern Egypt”
  • Presented by Professor Ziad Fahmy (Cornell University)
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Alpern Room (Library North-2200)


As the twentieth century roared on, transformative technologies—from trains, trams, and automobiles to radios and loudspeakers—fundamentally changed the sounds of the Egyptian streets. The cacophony of everyday life grew louder, and the Egyptian press featured editorials calling for the regulation of not only mechanized and amplified sounds, but also the voices of street venders, the music of wedding processions, and even traditional funerary wails. Ziad Fahmy offers the first historical examination of the changing soundscapes of urban Egypt, highlighting the mundane sounds of street-life, while “listening” to the voices of ordinary people as they struggle with state authorities for ownership of the streets.

(Cosponsored by the History Department, the Music Department, the Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), the Sociology Department, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Department of Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (MEAMS) )

MENA Faculty Affiliates Business Meeting

Friday, September 30, 2022, 9:00 - 10:00 am, IASH Conference Rm (Library North-1106)