Mohamed Elshahed

Project Curator for Modern Egypt

Department: Ancient Egypt and Sudan


+44(0)207 3238311

Mohamed Elshahed is a specialist on modern Egyptian architecture, urbanism and visual culture. His research focuses on architectural modernism in Egypt and its related debates and representations in the local press.

As the Modern Egypt Project curator, he is responsible for building a new collection of material culture from the past century in Egypt. The collected objects will shed light on lifestyle, culture, economy and politics as well as the developments, transformations and major events in twentieth century Egypt.

Current projects

Modern Egypt Project

External fellowships/ honorary positions

2015 Ford Foundation and National Center for Translation in Egypt

2014-15 Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin

2013-14 Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe Fellowship, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin

2013-15 Research grant, part of the research program “Producing the Public: Space, Media, and Participation,” the Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS), Beirut

2010-11 International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC)

2010-11 American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Fellowship


Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

College Art Association (CAA)

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)

Recent Publications

M. Elshahed, ‘Egypt Here and There: The Images and Architectures of National Exhibitions and Pavilions 1926-1964’, Annales islamologiques vol. 50 «Architecture, cosmopolitisme et construction nationale en Égypte moderne», 2016, (Forthcoming).

M. Elshahed, ‘Cairo Ring Road: Anthony Hamboussi’s Poetic Survey of an Urban Topography’, International Journal of Islamic Architecture vol. 5, no. 2, 2016, pp. 279-300.

M. Elshahed, ‘Cairo after the Second World War and the Rise of Arab Engineering Professionals’, in The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, ed.  A. Andraos and N. Akawi (New York: GSAPP Books Columbia University Press, 2016), pp. 79-91.

M. Elshahed, ‘Ismailia 1950: Urban Discontent Between National Center and Colonial Periphery’, in L'isthme de Suez et l'Egypte au temps de la Compagnie du canal de Suez, ed. C. Piaton (Cairo: Institut français d'archéologie orientale, 2016), pp. 333-348.

M. Elshahed, ‘City of Revolution: On the Politics of Participation and Municipal Management in Cairo’, in Participation in Art and Architecture: Spaces of Interaction and Occupation, ed. M. Stierli and M. Widrich (I.B. Tauris, 2015), pp. 127-150.

M. Elshahed, ‘The Old and New Egyptian Museums: Between Imperialists, Nationalists and Tourists’, in Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures, ed. W. Carruthers (London: Routledge, 2014), 255-269.

M. Elshahed, ‘The Prospects of Gentrification in Downtown Cairo: Artists, Private Investment and the Neglectful State’, in Gentrification, Globalization and the Postcolonial Challenge, ed. L. Lees, H. Shin, E. López-Morales (Policy Press, 2014), pp. 121-142.

M. Elshahed, ‘Egypt Builds: A Reevaluation of the History of Modernism’, in Sweet Sixties: Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-Garde, edited by G. Schöllhammer and R. Arevshatyan (Sternberg Press, 2014), pp. 137-149.