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Greeks and Others in the Centre: the London Launch of
Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture…and Stories (Jovis, 2015)
Thursday, 29 October 2015, 19:00
The Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS
Cairo: the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. Its downtown core, the brainchild of Khedive Ismail, is a unique, living treasure house of nineteenth and twentieth century residential and commercial architecture. Dr Vittoria Capresi and Barbara Pampe, editors of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture …and Stories, have assembled an amazing book which introduces us to 38 historic buildings in Downtown Cairo. Until recently, Greeks were to be found in almost every village, town and city in Egypt. Like the other minority communities, they were most numerous in the large urban centres. In the mid-twentieth century, the Greek community of Cairo numbered in the tens of thousands. Most Cairene Greeks lived downtown, close to their shops, offices, restaurants, schools, churches and clubs. Some Greek-Egyptians still live and work there today, as Discovering Downtown Cairo makes clear.

Greeks and Others in Downtown Cairo from Khedive Ismail to the Arab Spring
Dr George Vassiadis, Lecturer in Modern Greek History, Royal Holloway, University of London
The Making of “Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture …and Stories”
Dr Vittoria Capresi, Berlin, and Barbara Pampe, Bonn, baladilab
“A Piece of Europe”? Reflections on Khedival Cairo after the Opening of the New Suez Canal
Dr Alexander Kazamias, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Coventry University

This event is jointly organized by the Society for Modern Greek Studies and the Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, in cooperation with baladilab.