The Heritage and Community: Documenting the “City Of The Dead”, Cairo, Egypt


Location: Cairo, Egypt

Season: 
Saturday, June 22, 2013 to Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Program Type

Field school

Affiliation:

Institute for Field Research, ARCHiNOS architectural, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Agnieszka Dobrowolska and Jarosław Dobrowolski

Project Description

The vast Muslim cemeteries of Cairo, sometimes called the “City of the Dead” are a unique urban environment that includes valuable mediaeval architectural monuments and living communities that practice traditional crafts.  As part of the conservation and reconstructions efforts of the hawd mosque – erected by Sultan Qaitbey ca. 1,472 C.E. – students will participate in documentation of physical and social aspects of a section of this quarter.  Working side-by-side with Egyptian peers, students will learn about architectural and urban history of a traditional Middle Eastern city, and about principles of architectural conservation and adaptive reuse.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will live in basic, but comfortable local accomedations on a location on the Zamalek Island on the Nile. This district of Cairo is traditionally preferred by foreigners. It is located near Downtown and the Egyptian Museum. All necessary amenities are available in the district and are within walking distance. A minivan will be provided for daily transportation to and from the site. All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine.  Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may attend but will find options limited.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units
Tuition: 
$4,800

Location

Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles
CA
90021
Recommended Bibliography: 

Dobrowolska, Agnieszka & Dobrowolski, Jaroslaw. 2012. The Sultan’s Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo. Istanbul and Amsterdam. Cairo & New York: American University in Cairo Press.

Dobrowolska, Agnieszka. 2005. The Building Crafts of Cairo: A Living Tradition. Cairo & New York: American University in Cairo Press.