Thursday Lecture: Farida Makar - "Egyptian Textbooks and Nationalism"
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Oct 22, 2015 6:00pm
Organized by: Netherlands-Flemish Institute Cairo (NVIC)
Venue: Netherlands-Flemish Institute Cairo (NVIC)
Address: 1 Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek

Anyone who has gone through the Egyptian education system will have something to say about textbooks. Whether you think they were boring, interesting, long, short, silly or whether you just remember their poorly executed illustrations, you'll probably agree that they've left us with a bad after-taste.

This talk is an invitation to think more critically about why this is, by looking at history and civics education textbooks in particular, and analyzing the kinds of messages they propagate. It will be based on several research projects conducted over the course of the past few years which aimed at tracing the development of textbooks over time and discussing the inherent nationalist discourse embedded within them.
A special focus will be placed on more contemporary textbooks but we'll also get to face textbook ghosts from the past to compare notes, draw conclusions and look to the future.

Farida recently joined the History Department at AUC to teach a course on the history of education in Egypt. She also works as a consultant for the Law and Society Research Unit at AUC focusing primarily on the relationship between law, knowledge production, culture and education.
Farida holds an MSt in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and her thesis was on an Egyptian teacher training manual from 1914.
Because of her interest in alternative education, she loves engaging with creative learning spaces and working with alternative institutions such as the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences where fresh and meaningful learning experiences can be co-created and nurtured.