Ahmed El Shaer

University of Edinburgh


Fatimid Cairo: Sensory XR environments and Experimental Narratives as Archive

This research project proposes the remediation of the heritage site of Fatimid Cairo through interactive technologies of new media and game design, which can be used as a model for other heritage sites in the Middle East. Examining discrepancies between stereotypes found in contemporary video games and the history of Islamic, Coptic, and ancient Egyptian architecture, I will document and critique the digital narration of the history of ancient civilizations and medieval culture. These virtual representations will be contrasted with conflicting representations of historic sites from first-hand accounts by displaced communities and narratives from historical publications.