Elena Chiti

Associate professor

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Works at Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies
Telephone 08-16 22 83
Visiting address Roslagsvägen 101, Kräftriket 4
Room 303
Postal address Mellanösternstudier 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University. I hold a PhD in History of the Middle East from IREMAM/Aix-Marseille University and a Master in Arabic Language and Literature from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. I studied Arabic at Birzeit University and the University of Jordan.

I worked, as a teacher or a researcher, in Italy, Egypt, France, and Lebanon. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oslo. I am research associate at LARHRA (Laboratoire de Recherche Historique en Rhône-Alpes) and a member of EURAMAL (European Association of Modern Arabic Literature). I am a literary translator from Arabic into Italian.


I teach courses on history, societies and cultures of the Middle East, for BA and MA levels.


As a historian, I am interested in cultural productions as sources to explore identity-making in times of social and political turmoil. From this perspective, I studied Alexandrian literary circles between the late 19th century and the first third of the 20th. I aimed to go beyond the cliché of “cosmopolitan Alexandria” to examine a period of conflicting horizons (the end of the Ottoman empire, the British occupation, the rise of Egyptian nationalism).

Since 2011, I applied the same perspective to the present and to popular culture. I am currently engaged in a study of Egyptian criminal figures from 1920 until today, to investigate the construction of public morals in its connection with national belonging.

Last updated: November 25, 2020

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