Dr Chihab El Khachab

Chihab El Khachab

Postdoctoral Associate

I am a Junior Research Fellow in Anthropology in Christ Church. My doctoral research examined the Egyptian film industry, with attention to labour dynamics, production practices, and the impact of digital technologies on filmmaking. Overall, I have been concerned with two questions: how are everyday technological objects physically involved in the work of film production? And how do filmmakers deal with imponderability in film production, i.e., the inability to know how a film will turn out even though one has expectations about its final form? What I seek to understand is the extent to which an account of everyday technological use can explain, in part, the process of cinematic creation, and in other part, how filmmakers conceive and manage their future.

My new research project will examine the Egyptian IT industry, with attention to the interaction between IT-related public institutions and the emerging IT market. I will investigate how current political instability affects the operation of these institutions and their intervention in the IT market. This research should shed light on everyday governance practices in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Selected publications:

2017: “State Control over Film Production in Egypt”, Arab Media & Society, 23 (Winter/Spring).

2016: “‘What Does it Look Like?’: On the Use of Intermediary Images in Egyptian Film Production”, Visual Anthropology Review, 32 (2): 168-180

2016: “Living in Darkness: Internet Humour and the Politics of Egypt’s Electricity Infrastructure”, Anthropology Today, 32 (4): 21-24

2016: “Secular Preachers: Watching Television Pundits in Post-Revolutionary Egypt”, Anthropology Now, 8 (1): 117-124

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