About Lucia Carminati
I am a PhD Candidate at the History department of the University of Arizona.
My dissertation is provisionally titled "Būr Saʿīd/Port Said, 1859-1922: Migration, Urbanization, and Empire" and traces the social and cultural history of the Egyptian and Mediterranean city of Port Said as the intersection of migratory routes, imperial interests, and urban changes. My research received support from the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Zeit Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the University of Arizona. My research interests focus on the social history of the modern Middle East, with an emphasis on Egypt and North Africa, gender, mobilities, and micro-history. After chasing archival trails in Egypt, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Malta, I am currently engaged in writing my dissertation and presenting my ongoing work.
I studied fusha and colloquial Arabic while in Damascus and Cairo. After graduating from the University of Milano, Italy, with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, I went on to pursue a Master’s in International Relations at the same institution. While studying, I interned and worked at a radio station in Milan called Radio Popolare. Before graduate school, I worked as Project Assistant at the Italian Centre for Peace in the Middle East, an NGO aimed at promoting and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. I have a passion for photography, which I use as yet another research tool in my wanderings.