Dr Lucie Ryzova

Lecturer in Middle Eastern History, university of Birmingham


Research Interests

Lucie is a social and cultural historian of modern Egypt, with particular interest in Egyptian popular culture and vernacular modernity. Her research interests include the ethnography of reading and wring in late colonial Egypt, the production and consumption of print, and the history of print design (magazines, posters, ephemera).



The Age of the Efendiyya : Passages to Modernity in Colonial-National Egypt (Oxford : Oxford University Press 2014). 

Edited Collections

Local Histories of Photography in the Middle East, double special issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication,Vol. 8., No.2-3 (Summer-Fall 2015). 


“Strolling in Enemy Territory: Downtown Cairo, Its Publics, and Urban Heterotopias” Orient-Institut Studies (Orient-Institut Beirut, 2015).

“Boys, Girls and Kodaks: Peer Albums and Middle-Class Personhood in Mid-Twentieth-Century Egypt” in Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Vol. 8., No.2-3 (Summer-Fall 2015).

“Unstable Icons, Contested Histories: Vintage Photographs and Neoliberal Memory in Contemporary Egypt,” in Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Vol. 8., No.1 (Spring 2015).

“Mourning the Archive in Cairo: Middle Eastern Photographic Heritage between Neoliberalism and Digital Reproduction,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 56/4 (2014). Translated into Arabic by Sami Selim, al-Fusul (Cairo, Spring 2014).

“My notepad is my Friend: Efendis and the Act of Writing in Modern Egypt,” in The Maghreb Review (Spring 2008). 

“I am a Whore but I will be a Good Mother: On the Production and Consumption of the Female Body in Modern Egypt,” in Arab Studies Journal, Vol. XII no. 2/Vol. XIII no. 1 (Fall 2004/Spring 2005).  Translated into Arabic by Muhammad Mitwalli and Shirin Abu al-Naga’, Al-Kitaba al-Ukhra (Cairo 2010).


“Nostalgia for the Modern: Archive Fever in Egypt in the Age of Post-Photography,” in Photographic Archives and the Idea of Nation, edited by Costanza Caraffa and Tiziana Serena (Berlin-Munich: De Gruyter, 2014).

“I have the Picture! On the constitution of photographic heritage in the Middle East and its discontents,” in Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Contemporary Art Practice in North Africa and the Middle East (Vol. II), edited by Anthony Downey (London: I.B.Tauris/Ibraaz 2014).

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Collector, Dealer and Academic in the Informal Used-paper Markets of Cairo” in Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World, edited by Sonia Mejcher-Atassi and John-Pedro Schwartz (London: Ashgate, 2011).

“Egyptianising Modernity. Social and Cultural Constructions of the Middle Classes in Egypt under the Monarchy,” in Re-envisioning the Egyptian Monarchy, edited by Arthur Goldschmidt, Amy Johnson and Barak Salmoni (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2005).


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