The last talk of 2018 will be given by Sherine el-Sebaie, who will be speaking on Building Egypt in the West. It will take place on Thursday, December 13, at 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sherine el-Sebaie (University of Toronto)


Thursday, December 13 at 7.30 pm


Sidney Smith Hall

Room 1072

100 St. George Street

Toronto, ON


The International Exposition or World’s Fair has served for over 150

years as a primary platform for the display of the latest scientific and

technological innovations from around the world. It has also promoted an

underlying cultural exchange where – since the late 1800’s – Egypt was at

the center of its attractions. Egyptian pavilions of different periods,

namely Pharaonic and Islamic, were erected, complete with a Cairo street

filled with donkey boys, and belly dancers. This lecture will outline the

history of “Building Egypt in the West” and how it affected Western

perceptions of Egypt and influenced their understanding of its culture.

Speaker Bio

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Sherine El Sebaie got a B.Sc.from Helwan University. She then pursued graduate studies in Egyptology at the University of Toronto, where she is now an advanced PhD candidate. She specializes in ancient Egyptian religion and languages with a particular interest in Egypt’s ecology. Sherine taught for Ain Shams University, Cairo, the Royal Ontario Museum, and for the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Toronto.

(Abstract: Alliance Française Toronto | Photo Credit: Victorian Monsters)

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