Michael N. Yacoub

The American University in Cairo

Received Sylff fellowship in 2023
Current affiliation: Teaching Assistant at Ain Shams University and MA Candidate at the American University in Cairo

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
▪ Graduated cumma sum laude in 2021 at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University; and later appointed as a Teaching Assistant.
▪ Awarded a fully-funded governmental scholarship to spend attend a summer program at University of Miyazaki, Japan by the Egypt-Japan Education Partnership (EJEP) Program in 2019.
▪ Won two national translation competitions for young translators in 2021 and 2023 organised by Egypt's Supreme Council of Culture and The National Center for Translation.
▪ Founder of the Daydreaming Cairo online blog-project as a response and complement to Professor David Damrosch's initiative, Around the World in 80 Books Blog, during covid lockdown in 2020.

Michael Yacoub is an aspirant academician, ambitious literary translator, and a creative writer. Intending to pursue a career in academia, and having graduated with highest honours in 2021, he was tenured at the Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University. He has won two national translation competitions in 2021 and 2023, and both his submissions are expected to appear soon in printed anthologies. Moreover, his personal blog showcases a wide array of translations as well as original writings, including short stories and poetry in both Arabic and English. His research interests focuses on the creative process itself, the figure of the Writer, and narrative as a (re-)shaper of worldviews. He is interested in poetry, narratology, comparative literature, world literature, ontological hermeneutics, world mythology, orthodox theology, and theory.

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