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Enacting Masculine Love and Outrage Together: The Spatial Politics of Egyptian Ultras Football Fans

On October 16, 2017, The Workshop on Arab Political Development, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton co-sponsored a public lecture by Frances S. Hasso, Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Duke University.

The talk title is based on her manuscript: Enacting Masculine Love and Outrage Together: The Spatial Politics of Egyptian Ultras Football Fans.

This paper analyzes the activities and effects of the two largest Ultras football fan groups in Egypt, White Knights and Ahlawy, illuminating their spatial and gendered dimensions. The Egyptian Ultras are boys and men only groups that emerged in 2007 and became central to the 2011 revolution. These homosocial formations challenge public/private, street/stadium, corporate/commons, rationality/affect, and mind/body binaries. They resist state efforts to partition space and control bodies and voices perceived to threaten order. They enact love and outrage together in a politics whose effects spill beyond the stadium. They offer a competing form of masculinity in a country the government represents as “the factory of men.”

In addition to her appointment in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Duke, Professor Hasso has a secondary appointment in the Sociology Department and an affiliate appointment in the Duke Middle East Studies Center. She is an Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (2015-2018) with Miriam Cooke and Banu Gökariskel. Professor Hasso is a former Rockefeller fellow, SSRC/ACLS fellow and Columbia University Visiting Fellow. She has received grants for her work from the SSRC, National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, Woodrow Wilson National National Fellowship Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Palestinian American Research Center (Ford, Rockefeller, and U.S. Department of Education), the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (Leiden), Duke Islamic Studies Center (Carnegie Corporation of NY) grants, The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment, and a Duke Arts & Sciences Faculty Committee Research Grant.