Dr Chihab El Khachab

Junior Research Fellow

Academic Background

2012-2017 DPhil (Wolfson College, Oxford), Anthropology
2008-2012 BA (University of Ottawa), Sociology and Anthropology   

Undergraduate Teaching

I have tutored undergraduates in both first- and second-year papers in social anthropology.

Research Interests

My doctoral research examines the Egyptian film industry, with particular attention to labour dynamics, production practices, and the impact of digital technologies on filmmaking. Overall, I have been concerned with two questions: how are everyday technological objects physically involved in the work of film production? And how do filmmakers deal with imponderability in film production, i.e., the inability to know how a film will turn out even though one has expectations about its final form? What I seek to understand is the extent to which an account of everyday technological use can explain, in part, the process of cinematic creation, and in other part, how filmmakers conceive and manage their future.

In addition to my core research, I have a keen interest in Egyptian mass media and popular culture, film theory, social theory, and the philosophy of C. S. Peirce.   


2019: “The Sobky Recipe and the Struggle over ‘the Popular’ in Egypt”, Arab Studies Journal, 27 (1): 34-61
2017: “Compressing Scales: Characters and Situations in Egyptian Internet Humor”, Middle East Critique, 26 (4): 331-353
2017: “State Control over Film Production in Egypt”, Arab Media & Society, 23 (Winter/Spring).
2016: “‘What Does it Look Like?’: On the Use of Intermediary Images in Egyptian Film Production”, Visual Anthropology Review, 32 (2): 168-180
2016: “Living in Darkness: Internet Humour and the Politics of Egypt’s Electricity Infrastructure”, Anthropology Today, 32 (4): 21-24
2016: “Secular Preachers: Watching Television Pundits in Post-Revolutionary Egypt”, Anthropology Now, 8 (1): 117-124


Reading, Writing, Classical guitar, Stand-up comedy