Thematic: Political Anthropology; Anthropology of Science, Social History, Globalisation; Humanitarianism; Material Culture; Science and Artisanal Food and Brewing production.
Regional: Mediterranean; Norway; Middle East
Nefissa Naguib`s work is inspired by her interest to understand the contemporary world and to understand the human and non-human interactions. Her research has involved fieldwork in several culturally complex societies in the Mediterranean basin, Brazil, Norway and Spain. She has written on the social life of food and water; dynamics of gender, culture and identity; cosmopolitanism and the politics of memory; globalization and humanitarianism. She is the author of Women, Water and Memory: Recasting Lives in Palestine (Brill), co-editor of Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East (Brill) and co-producer of the documentary Women, War and Welfare in Jerusalem. Her latest monograph, Nurturing Masculinities: Men, Food and Family in Contemporary Egypt (University of Texas Press), is a contribution to the anthropology of masculinities and to food ethnography. Her most recent research and writings are on global humanitarian efforts and food. In her other research Nefissa is back to working on tangible and intangible objects - her project "Letting go" examines the science of artisanal brewing and food production.