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Nassar, A. (2024). To be called forth by a speck of dustLink opens in a new window. Dialogues in Human Geography, 0(0).

Nassar, A. (2024) "Cairo Up! Infrastructures of Security and Desire" in ed. Paul Amar Cairo Securitized:Reconceiving Urban Justice and Social Resilience. AUC Press.

Nassar, A. (2023). Kites, billboards and bridges: Reading the city's curfew through the glitchLink opens in a new window. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 0(0).

Nassar, A. (2023). Decentring whiteness in engaging Muslim geographies. Dialogues in Human Geography, 0(0).

Anderson, B., Awal, A., Cockayne, D., Greenhough, B., Linz, J., Mazumdar, A. et al. (2022) Encountering Berlant part two: Cruel and other optimisms. The Geographical Journal, 00, 118.

Nassar, A. (2021) Geopoetics as Disruptive Aesthetics: Vignettes from Cairo  Geohumanities. 7(2), 455-463.

Madbouly, M. and Nassar, A. (2021) Fragment(s) of Memor(ies): The Enduring Question of Space and Storytelling Égypte/Monde Arabe 23, 13026.

Nassar, A. (2021) Geopoetics: Storytelling against Mastery, Dialogues in Human Geography, 11(1), pp. 27–30.

Nassar, A. (2020) To Stand by the Ruins of a Revolutionary City International Journal of Middle East Studies. 52(3), pp. 510–515.

Nieuwenhuis, M. and Nassar, A. (2020) Losing Ground: A Collection of Holes, Emotion, Space and Society. 36, 100677

Nassar, A. (2019) Staging the State: Commemoration, Urban Space and the National Symbolic Order in 1970s Cairo. Middle East Critique, 28(3), 321-339.

Perlin, J., Nieuwenhuis, M. and Nassar, A. (2019) Feeling (Y)our Way in the Dark: An Interview with Jenny Perlin Emotion, Space and Society, 33, 100596.

Nassar, A. (2018) Where the Dust Settles: Fieldwork, Subjectivity and Materiality in Cairo Contemporary Social Science, 13(3-4), 412-428.

Nieuwenhuis, M. and Nassar, A. (2018) Dust: Perfect CircularityLink opens in a new window cultural geographies, 25(3), 501-507.

Nassar, A. (2013) ‘‘Being’in Al-Azhar Park: Public Spaces in Cairo’Link opens in a new window. The Open Urban Studies Journal, 6(1), 65-74.

Nassar, A. (2011) 2011 : ‘The Symbolism of Tahrir Square’. Arab Center for Research and Study. Doha Institute Publications, 21 April 2011. (In Arabic with English translation)


Nieuwenhuis, M., Nassar, A. and Leach, C. (2019) Spon End: A Local Guide.

Other Publications

Aya Nassar, Mayada Madbouly, Azza Ezzat, Abeer Abazeed, Nayera Abdelrahman Soliman, Menna Agha, Chihab El Khachab, Amira Elwakil, Laila Mourad & Mai Taha (2023) Objects, memories, and storytelling: experiments in narrating ideas of homeLink opens in a new window, City, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2023.2254166

Salamanca, O.J, and Nassar, A. (2023). Attending to Infrastructure, Thinking from within the Blackout. Link opens in a new windowLink opens in a new windowForeword to special issue "Imaginaries from a Blackout". Arab Urbanism.

Nassar, A. (2022) Essential Readings on Cities and Materiality: The Making and Unmaking of Urban Space in the Middle East and North Africa Jadaliyya and Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI).

Nassar, A. (2022) A Geopoetics of Dust Disembodied Territories.

Nassar, A. (2020) Cairo, Jan. 28, 2011: A View of the Revolution from the 6th of Oct. Bridge, The Funambulist 28 (March-April 2020) Our Battles

Nieuwenhuis, M. and Nassar, A. (2018) (Porous Cities: Coventry through 10 Holes)Link opens in a new window’, Livingmaps Review, No 4.

Nassar, A. (2018) ‘Establishing a Niche for Urban Rights: Activism, Urbanism, and the City’Link opens in a new window, in Effervescent Egypt: Venues of Mobilization and the Interrupted Legacy of 2011, E-Book/Report. 25 January 2018. Arab Reform Initiative, 32-53 [In Arabic]

Nassar, A. (2017) ‘To Walk the World: Reflections on Not Attending the International Studies Association ConventionLink opens in a new window’, The Sociological Review blog. [Guest Post]

Nassar, A. (2017) ‘City Politics: Walking, Bodies and Space’, APSA MENA Newsletter, pp. 7-9.

Nassar, A. (2016), ‘Cairo Tower and King Kong: Utopia, Nostalgia and Cairo’s Picture ArchivesLink opens in a new window‘, The Summer 2016 issue of the Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter: #17 Postcolonial Cities, pp 14-16.

  1. “Bridging Urbanity: The Neighbourhoods Workshop in Retrospect” with Sarah Asseel,
  2. “The In-betweeness of Bein El-Sarayat” with Ahmed Borham and AbdulRahman El-Taliawi,
  3. “The Ruin Next Door: Al-Ahram Brewery” with Ahmed Borham,
  4. “Searching for Another Space: 5 Years for Diwan in Cairo University” with Abeer Rabei.

Nassar, A. (2015) ‘Architecture as counter hegemonic practice: Political Theory and Architecture in ConversationLink opens in a new window‘ – Review, on Drawing Parallels [Guest Post]

Nassar, A. (2015) Signs for ‘Ramsis Mall’ and Cairo StationLink opens in a new window on Cairobserver.

Book Reviews

Carpi, E., Fawaz, M., Fregonese, S., Ingram, A., Nassar, A., & Mason, O. (2022). Review forum: War and the City: Urban Geopolitics in Lebanon, Sara Fregonese, IB Tauris (2019) Political Geography, online 29 October 2022, 102777.

Nassar, A. (2021) Yahia Shawkat Egypt's Housing Crisis: The Shaping of Urban Space, Cairo/New York: The American University in Cairo Press IJURR, vol. 45 (3) [Book Review]

Nassar, A. (2020) ‘Endurance in the City Victorious’ book review forum: Improvised Lives: Rhythms of Endurance in an Urban South by AbdouMaliq Simone Dialogues in Human Geography, volume 10, Issue 1.

Nassar, A. (2020), Social Housing in the Middle East: Architecture, Urban Development, and Transnational Modernity. Kivanc Kilinç and Mohammad Gharipour, (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2019). Pp. 330. $85.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780253039842 International Journal of Middle East Studies 52(3):603-604 DOI:10.1017/S0020743820000537Link opens in a new window

Nassar, A. (2017) Spatial Politics of the Sculptural: Art, Capitalism and Urban Space, Euyoung Hong. Rowman & Littlefield International, London and New York (2016), III and 187 pp. $41.95 paperback. ISBN 978-1-78348-760-8Link opens in a new window, Emotion, Space and Society.

Nassar, A. (2017) Amale Andraos, Nora Akawi and Caitlin Blanchfield (eds.) The Arab City: Architecture and Representation. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, Columbia University PressLink opens in a new window. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41(2), 376-378.

Edited Special Issues:

Co-edited with Mayada Madbouly (2021) Memory, Storytelling and Space, Égypte/Monde Arabe 23, 13026.

Co-edited with Marijn Nieuwenhuis (2020) Losing Ground: A Collection of Holes, Emotion, Space and Society. 36.

Co-edited with Lisa Tilley (2020) book review forum: Improvised Lives: Rhythms of Endurance in an Urban South by AbdouMaliq Simone Dialogues in Human Geography, volume 10, Issue 1.