Editorial Project: The space of a nature: Ethnography of the oasis of Siwa (Egypt)
Forecasted to be published at first in French: L’espace d’une nature, Ethnographie de l’oasis de Siwa (Égypte).
The title is temporary, the publishing house still unknown, the year of publication as much, but it is in the course of writing.
This volume will be the book completing my work of ethnographic investigation in Siwa, an Egyptian Berber speaking oasis near the Libyan borders.
Between 2002 and 2006, I carried out many fieldworks in this oasis as researcher in social anthropology (I had then a position in the CEDEJ in Cairo) and, to be more precise, mainly with an ethnoecology perspective. I am interested mainly in relationships that Isiwann (of Siwa) social groups maintain with their built-up environment, their oasian nature(s). That requires a study of means and social relations of production, the local knowledge (including a local ethnobotany), relations with space (built or cultivated), landscape…
I would like to take this opportunity for perhaps endeavouring, modestly, new forms of ethnological writing. I also wish to include in this work a rich iconography (what often alarms publishing houses), not as simple illustrations, but as a real medium of a scientific discourse.
The book will probably also want to provide a description of the bibliography concerning this oasis of the Libyan Desert, which often caused the curiosity, but whose literature is generally dispersed (also in the kinds - novels, reports, accounts of voyage) and of uneasy consultation (grey literature).
My sabbatical years in 2006 and 2007 in Paris are dedicated to the writing of this volume on Siwa, but also to this other: Use of public spaces in Cairo, Gardening Natures and Downtown area [temporary title].
- Oasis, Siwa, Aghurmi (Ambrok)
- 12 avril 2004 / 2004, April 12th.
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