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Partnering For Egyptian Heritage Oral History: Internal And External Collaborations Pursued By The Archives, Stephen Urgola Jan 2020

Partnering For Egyptian Heritage Oral History: Internal And External Collaborations Pursued By The Archives, Stephen Urgola

Faculty Book Chapters

The story of Egypt and its people is a long one, written literally in stone at ancient monuments throughout the country. But perhaps the best way to tell the story of its contemporary period is through its inhabitants’ voices, by means of recorded oral history interviews. Oral history has become a major means of historical documentation for the Archives within the Rare Books and Special Collections Library of the American University in Cairo (AUC), one of the founding members of the AMICAL Consortium of American international liberal arts universities. A variety of collaborations and partnerships have enhanced the Archives’ efforts …


University On The Square: Documenting Egypt’S 21st-Century Revolution Project, Stephen Urgola Jan 2018

University On The Square: Documenting Egypt’S 21st-Century Revolution Project, Stephen Urgola

Faculty Book Chapters

This article discusses the University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21st-Century Revolution Project, which aimed at collecting and disseminating material related to Egypt's January 2011 Tahrir Square protests and their aftermath. It covers efforts to collect artifacts like signs and souvenirs, photographs, printed material, websites, etc,. Includes an examination of the project's program of conducting oral history interviews with participants and observers, noting techniques and challenges.


Queering The Library Of Congress, Carlos R. Fernandez Aug 2015

Queering The Library Of Congress, Carlos R. Fernandez

Works of the FIU Libraries

This poster will attempt to apply the techniques used in Queer Theory to explore library and information science’s use and misuse of library classification systems; and to examine how “queering” these philosophical categories can not only improve libraries, but also help change social constructs.

For millennia, philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle, have used and expounded upon categories and systems of classification. Their purpose is to make research and the retrieval of information easier. Unfortunately, the rules used to categorize and catalog make information retrieval more challenging for some, due to social constructs such as heteronormality.

The importance of this …


Contentious Information: Accounts Of Knowledge Production, Circulation And Consumption In Transitional Egypt, Ahmad Kamal Apr 2015

Contentious Information: Accounts Of Knowledge Production, Circulation And Consumption In Transitional Egypt, Ahmad Kamal

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

While the 2011 Egyptian Uprising renewed attention to revolutionary news platforms such as Al-Jazeera and Facebook, citizens continued to be understudied as active consumers of information. Yet citizens’ perceptions of their informational milieu and how they responded in consuming, processing, and interpreting facts offer crucial insight into the turbulent transition that followed the initial uprising. This study analyzes Egyptian citizens’ accounts of their information environment and practices amid socio-political change. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 31 politically-engaged citizens from various political and professional backgrounds. Participants were asked to discuss the state of public discourse, the institutions responsible for the circulation …


The History, Provenance, And Importance Of Byu's Didymus Papyri, Dave Nielsen Jan 2008

The History, Provenance, And Importance Of Byu's Didymus Papyri, Dave Nielsen

Student Works

In 1984 BYU acquired its most prized manuscript holding, the Didymus Papyri. This original acquisition consisted of a full quire or gathering of 10 papyrus bifolia (20 pages) from a cache of manuscripts re-discovered in an ancient stone quarry in 1941 outside of Cairo, Egypt. Regretfully, in the almost 25 years since BYU's acquiring these amazing texts, little to nothing has been done with them. They have not been published and so the world at large has not been able to benefit from the knowledge contained in them, not about their source, Didymus of Alexandria, nor Egyptian Christianity of the …


Difference Practices In Manuscript Cataloging In Egypt: How Could They Be Reconciled?, Walid Ghali Nasr Aug 2007

Difference Practices In Manuscript Cataloging In Egypt: How Could They Be Reconciled?, Walid Ghali Nasr

Libraries

This paper aims to explain the different cataloging practices in the Egyptian institutions that have manuscripts. There are many reasons for these differences. Firstly, the different cataloging standards applied to manuscripts in all institutions; Secondly, the scarcity of qualified manuscript cataloger; thirdly, the newness of the technological solutions such as bibliographic databases and metadata applications in Egyptian libraries. Finally, although the manuscripts are found in many institutions in Egypt, there is no planning that governs their collection and cataloging.