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Cairene Ex-Prisoners after the 25 January Revolution

Purple cover of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology

CMES researcher Maria Malmström has authored the article "The Desire to Disappear in Order Not to Disappear: Cairene Ex-Prisoners after the 25 January Revolution", recently published online in The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology.

The article is part of a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology guest edited by Myriam Lamrani. To access the special issue, "Beyond Revolution: Reshaping Nationhood through Senses and Affects", please follow this link.

Maria's article tells a story of the aftermath of the ‘failed revolution’ in Egypt through the prism of sound and gendered political prisoner bodies. It created embodied re-actions among Cairene men—years after their lived prison experiences—in which depression, sorrow, stress, paranoia, rage, or painful body memories are prevalent. Affect theory shows how sonic vibrations—important stimuli within everyday experience, with a unique power to induce strong affective states—mediate consciousness, including heightened states of attention and anxiety. Sound, or the lack thereof, stimulates, disorients, transforms, and controls. The sound of life is transformed into the sound of death; the desire to disappear in order not to disappear again produces ‘ghost bodies’ alienated from the ‘new Egypt’, but from the family and the self too.

Read and download the full article here

Maria Malmström's staff page