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Le lundi 29 janvier 2018 à 18h00, CEDEJ géolocalisation CEDEJ

Global Sex Work, Biopolitics, And Modernity In Colonial Cairo, 1882-1952

Francesca BIANCANI


La conférence aura lieu en anglais.

This talk explores the social construction of transgressive sexualities in modern Egypt and, more pointedly, the making of a specifically gendered subjectivity, the prostitute’s, as a site of modern bio-political governmentality in colonial and semi-colonial Egypt (1882-1952). By exploring the way in which sex workers’ micro-histories and regulationist and reformist discourses intersected, it is possible to recover at least a glimpse of this agency under constraints, which, far from being marginal as often maintained, was integral to the making and remaking of colonial and local power structures.

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