New Research in Dance - WRITING AND BODYING. Christine Sahin. Core Connections and Directions: Multiple Maneuverings of Cairo Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) in the Revolution’s Aftermath

Department of Dance
New Research in Dance Studies: In-Tension-Ally-Ties
Coordinated by Jacqueline Shea Murphy   
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Assistant Coordinator


Speaker: Christine Sahin
Lecturer, San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos
Core Connections and Directions: Multiple Maneuverings of Cairo Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) in the Revolution’s Aftermath
Through visceral dance-centric analysis and writing my ethnography traces multiple maneuverings of Cairo raqs sharqi (belly dance) as entangled amidst contemporary repercussions of Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

Discussant: Jeff Sacks
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature Department, UC Riverside

October 17, 2018
Wednesday, 4:10-6:00 pm
Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102 (Athletics and Dance Building)
Free and open to the campus

To press into this question, my multi-sited dance ethnography moves through the contemporary city-circuitries of raqs sharqi sites and bodies, with this talk focusing on the smoky cabarets clustered along historic Pyramid Street with all-male patronage. While mapping out multiple non/dance maneuverings throughout the city, my project centralizes the Cairene dancing body as a means of knowledge production and dissemination while fleshing out the unique insights, tactics, and corporeal knowledge a dance-centric analysis offers to such pressing gender, political, and economic transformations. In doing so, I endeavor to produce multiply ‘moving’ ethnography, through nuanced dance-centric analysis and sensitively-attuned visceral writing that embodies Cairo raqs sharqi’s own site-specific style, structure, and semiotics.

Christine M. Şahin (Ph.D. Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside) is a dance practitioner-scholar and ethnographer specializing in contemporary Cairo-contexts of raqs sharqi (belly dance). She is currently a Guest Lecturer in Dance Theory and Dance Studies at both San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos. Her research investigates local, intra-MENAT, and global circulations of raqs sharqi centered within Cairo, Egypt.

Jeff Sacks is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish (New York: Fordham UP, 2015), which was awarded the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, and has translated a volume of poetry by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Why Did You leave the Horse Alone? (New York: Archipelago, 2006). He is presently writing two books. The first, about simplicity, is entitled “Simplicities: A Colonial Archive”; the second, about Palestine and decolonization, is called “For Decolonization: The Lyric Poem and the Question of Palestine.”

Presentations are followed by dialogue with audience, then reception on the patio.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4:10pm to 6:00pm

Athletics & Dance Building, Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102
Athletics & Dance Building, Riverside, CA 92521

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Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


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