Biography

I am interested in understanding the materiality of cities and their archieves, aesthetics and storytelling the politics of the postcolony. My research focuses on Cairo and, sometimes, Coventry. I did my PhD at the university of Warwick with a Chancellor's International Scholarship (under Dr Nicola Pratt and Dr James Brassett). There I was also an organising member of the Warwick Political Geography group which is formed of PhD researchers in PaIS working broadly with issues in the intersection of Place, Space and Politics. 

Publications: 

Journal Articles

(2019) 'Staging the State: Commemoration, Urban Space and the National Symbolic Order in 1970s Cairo', Middle East Critique, (online first) DOI: 10.1080/19436149.2019.1633747

(2018) ‘Where the dust settles: fieldwork, subjectivity and materiality in Cairo’, Contemporary Social Science. 13 (3-4), 412-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2017.1418521.

(2017) with Nieuwenhuis, M. 'Dust: Perfect Circularity', Cultural Geographies in Practice, cultural geographies. 25 (3), 501-507. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474017747252

(2013) ‘Being in Al-Azhar Park: Public Spaces in Cairo. Open Urban Studies Journal, 6(1), 65-74. DOI: 10.2174/1874942901306010065      

Other Publications (selected)

-           (2019) with Niuwenhuis, M and Leach, C., Spon End: A Local Guide, A book with pictures and stories from the lives of Spon Enders.

-           (2018) with Nieuwenhuis, M.,"(Porous cities; Coventry through 10 Holes)", Livingmaps Review, No 4. [Photo-essay]

-           (2018) ‘Establishing a Niche for Urban Rights: Activism, Urbanism, and the City’, in Effevescent Egypt: Venues of Mobilization and the Interrupted Legacy of 2011, E-Book/Report. 25 January 2018. Arab Reform Initiative, 32-53 (In Arabic with English translation).  

-           (2017) ‘City Politics: Walking, Bodies and Space’, APSA MENA Newsletter, pp. 7-9. 

-           (4/4/2017) ‘To Walk the World: Reflections on Not Attending the International Studies Association Convention’, The Sociological Review blog. [Guest Post]

-           (2016) ‘Cairo Tower and King Kong: Utopia, Nostalgia and Cairo’s Picture Archives’, The Summer 2016 issue of the Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter: #17 Postcolonial Cities, pp 14-16. 

-           (8/5/2015) ‘Signs for “Ramsis Mall” and Cairo Station’, Cairobserverblog. [Guest Post]

-           (23/4/2015) ‘Architecture as counter hegemonic practice: Political Theory and Architecture in Conversation – Review’,Drawing Parallelsblog. [Guest Post]

-           (2015) Contributor to Cairobserver's print issue (5) on The University (In Arabic). Four co-authored articles:1) ‘Bridging Urbanity: The Neighbourhoods Workshop in Retrospect’ with Sarah Asseel, 2) ‘The In-betweeness of Bein El-Sarayat’ with Ahmed Borham and AbdulRahman El-Taliawi, 3) ‘The Ruin Next Door: Al-Ahram Brewery’ with Ahmed Borham, 4) ‘Searching for Another Space: 5 Years for Diwanin Cairo University’ with Abeer Rabei.

-            (2011) ‘The Symbolism of Tahrir Square’. Doha Institute Publications, 21 April 2011.  https://www.dohainstitute.org/ar/PoliticalStudies//Pages/The_Symbolism_of_Tahrir_Square.aspx. (In Arabic with English translation). 

Book Reviews:

[Book Review] Nassar, A. (2018). "Egyptian Revolutions: Conflict, Repetition and Identification, Amal Treacher Kabesh (Ed.), Rowman and Littlefield international, London and New York(2017), v and 187 pp., notes and index. £70.00 Hardback, ISBN: 978-1-78348-187-3". Emotion, Space and Society, Volume 29, November 2018, 71-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2018.07.007.  

[Book Review] Nassar, A. (2017). "Spatial Politics of the Sculptural: Art, Capitalism and Urban Space, Euyoung Hong. Rowman & Littlefield International, London and New York (2016), III and 187 pp. $41.95 paperback. ISBN 978-1-78348-760-8". Emotion, Space and Society, Volume 24, August 2017, 23-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2017.06.004.

[Book Review] Nassar, A. (2017). Amale Andraos, Nora Akawi and Caitlin Blanchfield (eds.) 2016: The Arab City: Architecture and Representation. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, Columbia University Press. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41(2), 376-378.

Other:

Nassar, A. (2017) "City Politics: Walking, Bodies and Space", Spring 2017 issue of the APSA MENA Newsletter, p. 7-9.

Nassar, A. (2016) "Cairo Tower and King Kong: Utopia, Nostalgia and Cairo’s Picture Archives", The Summer 2016 issue of the Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter: #17 Postcolonial Cities, pp 14-16.

 Contributor to Cairobserver's print issue (5) on The University (2015) ( In Arabic). Four co-authored articles:

1) "Bridging Urbanity: The Neighbourhoods Workshop in Retrospect" with Sarah Asseel,

2) "The In-betweeness of Bein El-Sarayat" with Ahmed Borham and AbdulRahman El-Taliawi,

3) "The Ruin Next Door: Al-Ahram Brewery" with Ahmed Borham,

4) "Searching for Another Space: 5 Years for Diwan in Cairo University" with Abeer Rabei.

Guest posts on blogs:

4/4/2017: To Walk the World: Reflections on Not Attending the International Studies Association Convention, The Sociological Review.

8/5/2015: Signs for ‘Ramsis Mall’ and Cairo Station on Cairobserver.

23/4/2015: Architecture as counter hegemonic practice: Political Theory and Architecture in Conversation - Review, on Drawing Parallels.

Role

Teaching Fellow in human Geography