Thematic: Political Anthropology; Anthropology of Science; Social History; Material Culture; Humanitarianism; Artisanal Brewing and Food Production.
Regional: Mediterranean; Norway; Middle East
Nefissa Naguib`s work is inspired by her interest to understand the contemporary world and to understand human and non-human interactions. Her research has involved fieldwork in several culturally complex societies in the Mediterranean basin, Brazil, Norway and Spain. Her first book Water, Women and Memory: was about water as an agent of history. The book, framed as a postcolonial ethnography, made an argument about writing that attends to complex historic and social dynamics. Her second book Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East (co-edited with Inger Marie Okkenhaug), addresses the period between 1850 and 2005, a time span of colonization, occupations, wars and conflicts. As a follow-up, Nefissa co-produced War, Women, Welfare in Jerusalem (nominated for Al Jazeera documentary film festival 2010). Her third monograph Nurturing Masculinities: Men, Food and Family in Contemporary Egypt is a reframing of gender in the Middle East. It contributes to the transnational gendered representations of men and women in Arab societies. In addition, she have explored the parallels between migration and globalization in her articles on Middle East minorities, particularly Jews and Armenians: both played important roles in colonial history. In subsequent years, she has refined her work on history and anthropology, writing a series of articles addressing breakthrough events. Results of this work is evident in some of her recent articles on humanitarianism. Nefissa Naguib retains her interest to bridge the gap between anthropology, history and the production of knowledge: her current projects are located within contemporary debates about the involvement of non-human organisms is human history and culture.