Welcome back for part 2 of the first episode of “Scholars Discuss Coptic Studies,” presented by the Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP). This audio blog series aims to bring together junior and established scholars from across North America and to offer insight on the ongoing research involving Coptic populations around the world. Our host and facilitator for this episode is Essam Iskander, translator and interpreter for the Diocese of New York and New England. He is again joined by Candace Lukasik (PhD candidate in Anthropology, UC Berkeley) and Michael Akladios (PhD candidate in History, York University).
We would like to once again thank the St. Mary’s Christian Center of Staten Island, the headquarters of the diocese of New York and New England under His Grace Bishop David, for hosting us and stress that the views and opinions expressed in this recording do not reflect those of the center, its staff, the diocese bishop, or the diocese.
In part 2, our guests begin with the contested topics of Coptic identity and the political involvement of Coptic populations in Egypt, Canada, and the United States. They then delve into the challenges of emotion and subjectivity in conducting fieldwork, the obligation of scholars to become engaged in ongoing violence against Egypt’s Coptic communities, and the effects of such developments on the collection of data and access to research materials in Egypt and its diaspora. Candace and Michael conclude by offering advice to those interested in pursuing similar research.
We hope you enjoyed the conversation and please stay tuned for future episodes!
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