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Joseph Viscomi

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003
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  • Fields of Study
    • Middle East, Europe, Migration, Oral History, Narrative, Experience of Time, Historical Consciousness
  • About

    My research is on the "end" of the Italian communities in Egypt, from 1937 to 1967. In my dissertation, I examine the Italian presence in Egypt – estimated to have peaked around 70,000 persons – in the context of emigration from Italy as well as the unique position occupied by Italians amongst other foreign communities in Egypt. Moreover, in addressing the postwar period during which most members of these communities left, I look at the process through which Italians from Egypt became refugees. A final component of my research considers historical consciousness and the experience of time/history through oral-history and ethnography with returned/repatriated Italians from Egypt and with Egyptian immigrants living and working in Italy today.