Dr Chihab El Khachab

Dr Chihab El Khachab

Junior Research Fellow in Anthropology (Christ Church)
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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. This research should shed light on everyday governance practices in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Research and expertise: Anthropology, mass media, technology

Current Teaching: I co-teach an MPhil/DPhil ethnographic methods seminar in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology with Dr Zuzanna Olszewska.

Selected Publications: 

2017: “Compressing Scales: Characters and Situations in Egyptian Internet Humor”, Middle East Critique, 26 (4): 331-353

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