Iman Hamam received her BA in English and comparative literature from The American University in Cairo (1996) her MA in Modern literature since 1850 (University of Kent, Canterbury, 1998) and PhD in Culture and communication studies (University of Sussex, 2002). Her thesis studied western representations of the "living dead" Egyptian mummy in nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, film, and popular science. Her MA dissertation looked at the telephone as a mechanism of surveillance and time travel in Twelve Monkeys (Gilliam, 1995) and Three Colours: Red (Kieslowski, 1994). Before coming to AUC, she taught literature and critical theory at the University of Exeter and film studies at Middlesex University.
In AUC, Hamam has taught courses in Rhetoric and Composition and Film. She has designed two CORE/RHET 1010 courses for the Freshman Program: High and Low: Cultures and Contexts which concentrates on film, television, and music in terms of the production of space and class in Egyptian culture and Vision Machines: Inventions and Everyday Life which concentrates on the history of photography, cinema, the telephone, automobile, and railway and focuses on how computers and the internet have transformed knowledge and writing. Hamam has also developed materials for Creative Expressions of Resistance and in RHET 1020: Research Writing, her students have examined contemporary issues in Arab popular culture, Palestine, consumerism and the environment, the American dream, postcolonialism, comics and television. She teaches two courses offered as part of the Writing Minor: Changing Words, Changing Worlds and Visual Rhetoric and is the RHET 1010 course coordinator.
Hamam has presented papers in multiple conferences and has delivered guest lectures on Egyptian comedy and representations of Ancient Egypt in popular culture. In 2014-2016 she was the guest editor of the department publication, Rhetoric Today.
- “Exceptions to the Rule: The Mechanics of War and the Institution in Egyptian Film.” Cinemas of the Arab World, ed. Terri Ginsberg and Chris Lippard. Forthcoming
- “Over the Top and Underground: Graphic Visualizations of Space in Magdy El Shafee’s Metro and Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia.” Arab Studies Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2019), pp.86-113
- “Every Which Way: Direction and Narrative Time in Kaslan Geddan and the Flash Series.” The Routledge Companion to International Children’s Literature, eds. John Stephens, Celia Abicalil Belmiro, Alice Curry, Li Lifang, Yasmine S. Motawy (2017), pp. 210-218
- “Satellite Arcades: Three Dimensional Puppets and the Coin-Operated Interface.” Journal for Cultural Research. Vol. 16, No. 2-3 (2012), pp.239-259.
- “Disarticulating Egyptian Humour: The Case of Egyptian Comedies.” Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field, ed. Tarik Sabry (I.B.Tauris, 2011), pp. 186-213
- “Egypt” [general introductory entry + over 100 entries on Egyptian films, performers and directors] The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema. Eds. Chris Lippard and Terri Ginsberg. (Scarecrow Press, 2010)
- “Shadi Abdel Salam’s The Night of Counting the Years.” 24 Frames: Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East, ed. Gonul Colin Domez, (Wallflower Press, 2007)
- “A Race for Incorporation: Ancient Egypt and it’s Mummies in Science and Popular Culture.” Ancient Worlds ed. Richard Pearson (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006)
Hamam's research interests include Egyptian cinema, comics, technology and the relationship between colonialism and the environment in film, popular culture, and fiction. She has explored the memorialization of the 6th of October in museums and in the expansion of Cairo’s roads, bridges and gated communities; the history and development of Egyptian comics for adults and children; emerging images of resistance in social media, and representations of the body, technology and space in Science Fiction film and graphic novels.