Yakein Abdelmagid, Ph.D.
Yakein Abdelmagid holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University (July 2018). His research focuses on affective labor, digital creative industries, and radical media under authoritarianism in the Arab world. At the heart of his research agenda lies the issue of the state’s crisis in maintaining its hegemony over transnational cultural production in the digital age. In his work, he examines the cultural production of emerging youth networks and media industries that are uncontainable by the authoritarian state in urban Egypt. Yakein’s research as a postdoctoral fellow at CARGC at the Annenberg School for Communication will investigate the historical/ethnographic relationship between state-sponsored neoliberal entrepreneurship in the Arab world and the digital socialities that undergird publics conjured beyond the ambit of the state. His first book focuses on the independent music scene in urban Cairo, asking: How is Hope Mediated under Authoritarianism? Yakein’s scholarship aims to bring together bottom-up grounded media theory and ethnographic attention to non-western media phenomena. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cairo, and studied Social Anthropology at the American University in Cairo. He is a co-founder of a music venue in Cairo, a graffiti group, and occasionally a software programmer.