Samia Mehrez

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Personal information

Title: 

Professor, Director of the Center for Translation Studies, AUC

Contact information (work)

Company name: 
The American University in Cairo
Department: 
Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, Center for Translation Studies
Postbox: 
74
Address: 
New Cairo Campus, AUC Avenue
Postal code: 
11835
City: 
Cairo
Country: 
Egypt
Work email address: 
samehrez@aucegypt.edu

Education

PhD, Comparative Literature, UCLA, 1985

MA, English and Comparative Literature, The American University in Cairo, 1979.

BA, Literature and Drama, The American University in Cairo 1977.

Competences

Modern Arabic literature

English and comparative literature

Drama, theatre and performance

Languages: 

Arabic

English

French

Spanish

Italian

Jobs

Work history: 

Founding Director, Center for Translation Studies, American University in Cairo. Present.

Professor of Arabic Literature, American University in Cairo, Department of Arabic and Islamic Civilizations. Present.

Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University. 1984-1990.

 

Honorary office and memberships: 

Founding Member, Faculty for Palestine at AUC, 2001-Present.

Advisory Board, AUC Cairo to Camps Initiative, 2001-2003.

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, SSEE (Studio Emad El Din), 2004-Present.

Reader for Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Fusul Literary Journal, Journal of Arabic Literature, Harvard University Press, Chicago University Press, and AUC Press, 1996-2006.

Productions and works: 

Her publications include:

(ed.) Translating Egypt’s Revolution: The Language of Tahrir, AUC Press, 2012.;

Egypt’s Culture Wars: Politics and Practice, Routledge, 2008.;

Egyptian Writers between History and Fiction: Essays on Naguib Mahfouz, Sonallah Ibrahim and Gamal al-Ghitani, AUC Press, 1994. (Refereed) Reprinted, 2005;

"دراسات التابع: تفكيك التأريخ" ترجمة وتقديم من سبيفاك في مجلة ألف عدد 18، 1998 - ص 122- 156

Sonallah Ibrahim, “Cairo from Edge to Edge,” translation from Arabic, in Cairo from Edge to Edge, AUC Press, 1998, pp.6-20. 

Participated in many workshops and conferences, including:

The First International Forum on Translation and Activism, University of Granada, Spain, April 28-30, 2007;

Conference on Pre-modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, June 7-9, 2007;

The workshop on Nation and Translation, European Academy, Berlin, June 17-20, 2007.

Awards

Awards: 

International Who’s Who of Professionals, 2000.

Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Chair, nominee, MIT, 1996.

Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Northwestern University, 1992.

Fellow, American Research Center in Egypt, 1989.

Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 1987.

UCLA Woman of the Year Award, nominee, 1982.