Thematic: Political Anthropology; Temporality and Material Culture, Globalization; Humanitarianism; Cultural Heritage, Consumption and Value; Living organisms and Artisanal food Crafting.
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 multispecies activities and artisanal food production.