Heba Arafa Abdelfattah

Visiting Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages

is a visiting assistant professor of Arabic studies in the School of Modern Languages and Literature, at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. She completed her Ph.D. (2017) in Arabic and Islamic studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Her research interest falls in the interdisciplinary area of humanities with special focus on Islam, modernity and popular culture. She works with literary texts, archival documents, films, and artistic production to understand discourses of modernity. She is especially interested in issues of cultural production in the context of Islamic legal traditions in MENA and global flows. She has conducted archival research on the reception of film by the colonial state, the nationalist elite, and the Muslim clergy in twentieth-century Egypt. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Review of Middle East Studies, International Journal of Communication and Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies (JIMS). She is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled “Dreams of Alternative Modernities on the Nile.”  Current Research Intrests: Modernity, Postcolonial Studies,History of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Legal Theory and Legal Change  in Islam, Islam and Human Rights, History of Philosophy, Art and Science in Islam, Arabic Literature and Cinema, Cinema in MENA, Censorship,Gender, Language Policies and Politics of Identity in MENA.


Research Fields:
  • Arabic
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Communication
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Instructional Technologies for Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Studies Abroad
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Regional Development
  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Cinema Studies
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Creativity in Context
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Documentary
  • Drama and Theater Studies
  • Education
  • Feminism
  • Framing
  • Heritage Language Learning
  • Innovation
  • Journalism
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Literary Theory
  • Media
  • Mediatized Culture
  • Middle-Eastern Studies
  • Modernity
  • Philosophy
  • Post-Colonialism
  • Post-Modernism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Queer Studies
  • Religion and Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Television Studies
  • Terrorism
  • Transportation
  • World Literature
  • Youth Culture
  • ARBC-1501: Understand Arab Culture
  • ARBC-2301: Arts Sci Tech Thru Hist
  • ARBC-2813: Special Topics
  • ARBC-3001: Advanced Arabic I
  • ARBC-3002: Advanced Arabic II