Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Unit Head
Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology
AUC New Cairo
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Brief Biography

Ramy Aly joined the anthropology unit in 2013. Before coming to The American University in Cairo (AUC) he was a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Sussex, UK where he received his PhD in social-anthropology in 2011. Aly's PhD research culminated in the publication of his first monograph Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the undoing of identity, in 2015 with Pluto Press as part of their celebrated Anthropology, Culture and Society Series. The book is the first ethnographic account of gender, race and class practices among British-born and raised Arabs in London and attempts to provide an account of the everyday experiences of Arabness in the British capital.

Aly's research interests and publications engage with the anthropology of ethnicity, migration and diaspora; anthropology and media studies; economic anthropology; cultural studies and youth cultures (see publications). He also holds a BA in Law with American Studies at the University of Sussex, 1995; an MA in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, 2000; and an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods at University of Sussex, 2005. He is a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK and the European Association of Social Anthropology.

Aly also supports student activities at AUC, he is the co-chair of The Authors’ Challenge the biggest English language writing competition in Egypt, and the faculty advisor for the AUC Times.

    • Aly, R (Forthcoming) The Culture Police: manning the barricades of allowable art and culture,’ in Robert Springborg (ed) The Handbook on Contemporary Egypt, London and New York, Routledge
    • Abdelhady, D. and Aly, R. (Forthcoming) The Handbook of Middle Eastern Diasporas, London and New York, Routledge
    • Edström, J.; Aly, R.; Greig, A. and Walker, C.; with Babenko, S.; Çağlar, M.; Kudaibergenova, D.T. and Müller, C. (2019) Masculinities and Transition: Enduring Privilege? Brighton: Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
    • Aly, R (2019) Young Migrant Identities: Creativity and MasculinityEthnic and Racial Studies
    • Aly, R. M. K. (2019) Our Children are a Threat: Policing Cultural and Political Temporality in Egypt. In Tarik Sabry and Joe Khalil (Eds) Arab Cultural Times: Media Modernity and Publicness. London IB Taurus
    • Aly, R (2018) Intertextuality. The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology. Edited by George Ritzer and Chris Rojek. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    • Aly, R. M. K. (2016), "Hatha al-Shibl min dhak Alasad: Would-be Arab Youth Studies and the revival of subculture.," in Tarik Sabry and Layal Ftouni (Eds.) Arab Subcultures: Reflections on Theory and Practice, London: IB Taurus
    • Aly, R. M. K. (2015) Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity, London,  Pluto Press: Anthropology, Society and Culture Series
    • Aly, R.M.K. (2014) Rebuilding Egyptian Media for a Democratic Future. Three Years Since the Spring.  Cairo and New York, AUC Press
    • Aly, R. and Baumann, G., (2013) The BBC Arabic Services Dilemmatic Triangle: Competing Elites, Conflicting Priorities and Competing Media Strategies in Gillespie, M., and Webb, A., (eds). Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan Contact Zones at the BBC World Service 1932-2012. London: Routledge
    • Herbert, D, Black, T and Aly, R (2013) Arguing about religion: BBC World Service Internet forums as sites of postcolonial encounter. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Vol. 49, Issue 5: Networking the Globe: New Technologies and the Postcolonial
    • Aly, R (2012). Producing men, the Nation and Commodities: the Cultural Political-Economy of Militarism in Egypt. In Jan Selby and Anna Stavrianakis (eds.) Contemporary Militarism: Towards a New Research Agenda for International Relations. Routledge, London
    • Aly, R (2011). Mediating the Nation: from State to Public Service Broadcasting, critically engaging Egypt as a complex society. Arab Media and Society (July 2011)
    • Collyer, M & Aly, R (2011) Migration Legislation, Institutions and Policies in the Euromed Region (Euromed Migration II). European Commission and Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK
    • Aly, R (2010) Transnational Arab Media in London. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. 11(6)

    PhD Supervisions:

    • Ilka Eickhoff, (2019) Pretty Interventions and Good Intentions: Northern European Cultural Institutions in Cairo’s Contemporary Cultural Scene after 2011 - University of Amsterdam.  Supervised by Prof. Annelies Moors (University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Ramy Aly (American University in Cairo)
    • Reem Abdelbarr (ongoing) The Nation’s Encounter with Songs on Egypt: Culture, Subjectivities and Politics (1952-2020) – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) Supervised by: Dr Amr Ryad (KU Leuven), Dr Ramy Aly (American University in Cairo), Prof Walter Armbrust (University of Oxford)

    In the Media: 

    Interview: Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity. By Aly, Ramy MK . London: Pluto Press/University of Chicago Press, 2016. 255 pp.,$35

    Aswat Masria is a Thompson Reuters Foundation service that focuses on Egyptian news and current affairs. I provided most of the analysis for an article that looks at the way in which young Egyptians have embraced the game Pokemon-Go against a backdrop of a religious, security and societal moral panic about the game and its implications for ‘national security’.

    Appearance on BBC Arabic’s flagship literature programme to discuss the release of my book of my book 'Becoming Arab in London and life in Arab-London

    Appearance on 'Thinking Aloud' award winning Science program on BBC Radio 4 l to discuss the release of my book 'Becoming Arab in London: performativity and the Undoing of Identity' Pluto Press

    Discussion of my book, Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity; in relation to the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London

    Discussion of the BBC World Service with Marie Gillespie (Open University) and Ramy Aly (AUC) where we discuss our book Diaspora and Diplomacy (2013), the role of diasporic broadcasters at the BBC World Service, and the BBC and British cultural diplomacy between 1932-2012.

    Newsnight is a weekday BBC Television current affairs programme renowned for the quality of its analysis and robust cross-examination of senior politicians and decision makers. I contributed to a discussion of the ‘Arab Spring – One year on’ with Michal Husain (presenter), Sir Max Hastings and Rana Jawad.

    I appear with Dr Marwan Bishara (presenter), the author Ahdaf Sweif and the actor Khalid Abdalla among others as we consider ‘The Perils of Revolution’ in Egypt.

    In the early days of the Egyptian revolution I join Samah El-Shahat (presenter) and Sharif Al-Nashashibi (Arab Media Watch) in a retrospective on the documentary Blogging on the Nile as we consider the role of social media in the upheaval unfolding in Cairo and across the Arab world.