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Night School 2024 Book Launch: For Rana AlMutawa’s “Everyday Life in the Spectacular City”

Image: Rana AlMutawa, Everyday Life in the Spectacular City: Making Home in Dubai, University of California Press, 2024

Book Launch: Everyday Life in the Spectacular City: Making Home in Dubai

Night School 2024 concludes this year by celebrating the arrival of Rana AlMutawa’s much-anticipated book Everyday Life in the Spectacular City: Making Home in Dubai (UC Press, 2024). Dr. AlMutawa gives shape to her book by means of the urban ethnographer’s skillset, and ultimately through a patient resolve to listen and look. Joining her in conversation will be Dr. Neha Vora to discuss how academic rigor can challenge and counteract misinformed clichés about the city of Dubai.

During the event, it will be possible to pre-order signed copies the book.

Free and open to all, the event is part of Night School 2024: There You Are, a four-week program of seminars and public events about urbanism and history, led by Todd Reisz. More information here.

Please kindly confirm your attendance by registering here.

Dr. Rana Khalid AlMutawa is Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi. As an Emirati woman, she has pursued questions on state feminism, national identity and ethnic diversity among Emiratis. Her new book is based on her 2021 thesis completed at University of Oxford. Her work has been featured in Arab Studies Journal; Hawwa; Urban Anthropology; New Middle Eastern Studies.

Dr. Neha Vora is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah. She pursues interdisciplinary research in themes such as diasporas and migration, citizenship, globalized higher education, gender, and human-nonhuman encounters. Her books include Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora (Duke, 2013) and Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar (Stanford, 2018).

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