CAIS Public Lecture "Bringing Philosophy and Sociology to the Egyptian Public"

CAIS Public Lecture "Bringing Philosophy and Sociology to the Egyptian Public"
Amro Ali and Mona Shahien, “The Creative Public: How New Publics Are Born.” An event (5 December 2017) that drew from the ideas of Václav Havel and Gilles Deleuze to examine how publics are summoned into being through intellectuals, musicians, artists, books, proclamations and events. © Tahrir Lounge Goethe Institute Cairo.

This lecture will discuss how sociology and philosophy are conveyed to the public in restrictive contexts in the Arab world. Using Egypt as an example, Dr. Amro Ali will outline the approach taken to teach the social sciences and humanities to public audiences in Cairo and Alexandria. This is premised upon the idea that the public should be recognised, and elevated, as the primary ideal, and the individual’s present difficulties in experiencing or attaining pluralism and civic responsibility are tied to the city’s loss of meaning and the citizen’s alienation from one another. The development of socio-philosophical thinking in local spaces can help address this malaise.

Amro Ali is a writer and sociologist at the American University in Cairo, co-president of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin (AGYA), and visiting fellow at Freie Universität Berlin. Ali received his ouble masters from the Australian National University in Middle Eastern studies and diplomacy, and received his PhD in sociology and political philosophy from the University of Sydney. His work can be found at

Date & time

Thu 09 Jun 2022, 5.30pm


Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia)


Dr Amro Ali (American University in Cairo)
Professor Karima Laachir (Chair)


Centre Administrator
02 6125 4982


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