Elizabeth Williams (University of Massachusetts Lowell), “Of Mice, Sunn Bugs, Drought, and Taxation: Agriculture’s Compounding Crises in French Mandate Syria” (Agrarian Studies Colloquium)

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Friday, February 25, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
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Elizabeth R. Williams is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research examines the relationship between imperial governance, expertise, and the environment. Focusing on the transition from the late Ottoman Empire to the French Mandate period, she analyzes how agricultural technologies emerging during this period intersected with the development of new strategies of rule and conceptions of expertise. By tracing the movement and activities of global, imperial and local actors in networks involved in the production of knowledge regarding these new technologies and their implementation, she investigates intellectual and practical continuities and divergences in approaches to governance during the late Ottoman and French Mandate periods and their impacts on rural communities and environmental management.

Please contact agrarian.studies@yale.edu to receive the meeting information and the password to download the paper from the Agrarian Studies website.

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