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Dina Bakhoum holds a Ph.D. in art history from the Universities of Leiden and Paris-1. She is also an engineer and specializes in cultural heritage conservation and management, with long field experience in Cairo and Upper Egypt (2000-present). Her research and publications look at Egypt’s Islamic, Coptic and modern architecture, the waqf (endowment) as a maintenance system, and the history and policies of heritage conservation. Her Ph.D. analyzes the restoration interventions of the Egyptian Comité de conservation des monuments de l’art arabe from the 1880s to the 1950s. Her post-doctoral fellowship is jointly funded by the Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO) and CEDEJ.

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Sophie Frankford holds a DPhil in Anthropology (University of Oxford), a MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (University of Oxford), and a BMus in Music (King’s College London). Her research centers on music in Egypt, with a particular focus on social class, urban space, and issues of modernity. She has taught at the University of Oxford and the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and has articles forthcoming in the journals Ethnography, Popular Music, and Égypte Soudan Mondes Arabes (ESMA).

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Maya Chehade holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris). She specializes in migration studies and has also worked with the private sector and with international donor organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. In her Ph.D., Maya used an ethnographic method and a comparative analysis to understand the entrepreneurial trajectories of Syrian refugees in Egypt and Jordan between 2011 and 2023.