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Marianne Dhenin

Member of the academic staff, HISDEMAB project (The Historicity of Demoracy in the Arab and Muslim World)
Room: DvI 04-07
Phone: +49 6131 39 2292 8
Fax: +49 6131 39 210 50


Personal Details:

Marianne Dhenin completed her undergraduate studies in politics and economics in the United States. She holds a master’s degree in Human Rights Law and Justice and a diploma in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo.

Research Interests:

Queer and Gender Studies
Medical Humanities
Socio-legal History
Modern Middle East History

Research projects:

Noso-Politics and the Construction of Gendered Urban Spaces in Semi-Colonial Egypt

This project traces the development of a new public health regime in semi-colonial Egypt, and argues that it was deployed in the normalization of certain gender performances and the construction of others as non-normative. It explores the ways that new modes of hygiene and disease prevention functioned to surveil and police spaces and bodies that were rendered non-normative—dirty, unnatural, or unhealthy.

Self-Determination under Occupation? Formation of the Modern Egypt, 1879–1956

This project explores the emergence of an independent Egyptian State and the institutions and practices thereof—an elaborate legal system and state medical apparatus, the election of an Egyptian parliament and promulgation of a constitution, and new understandings of citizenship and the rights and duties of the State—against the backdrop of transition from Ottoman rule, to British protectorate, through quasi-independence, toward greater autonomy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The leading research question is how modern Egypt came into being through multi-layered political, cultural, and religious negotiations of Ottoman, European, and Egyptian pasts.