Student Spotlight | “Kafkaesque Modernity” by Ahmed Abdelazim

Ph.D. Candidate Ahmed Abdelazim contributed a chapter to the edited volume on Cairo’s Urban modernity. The chapter titled “Kafkaesque Modernity: Cairo in the 1980s and the Middle-Class housing crisis” examines the impact of neoliberal urbanization on middle-class housing. By making references to movies produced during the 1980s, the chapter argues that those who failed to escape the city or benefit from neo-liberal change had to struggle in order to avoid expulsion, corruption, imprisonment, and insanity. The book, Cinematic Cairo: Egyptian Urban Modernity from Reel to Real, is published by the American University Press in Cairo.