In this audio, Dr Dina Rezk discusses the construction of the Aswan High Dam to complement the “Egypt in Reading” exhibition.
Part 1: The Aswan High Dam – Economic and Political Impact
Dr Dina Rezk discusses the importance of the Aswan High Dam’s construction in the 1960s in economic and political terms.
Part 2: The Aswan High Dam – Cultural Impact
Dr Dina Rezk discusses the symbolic cultural impact of the Aswan High Dam’s construction through the work of Egyptian musician Abd El Halim Hafez.
Listen to Hafez’s song Hekayet Shaab (The Story of the Nation) here. At c. 1.50 mins he interrupts the music to speak, and starts by saying ‘Its not just about the Dam… ‘.
Dina Rezk_Aswan Dam Transcript
See items related to the colonial history of dam construction in Egypt in Excavating Egypt and Excavating Egypt Drawer.