Variable Topics Historiography Proseminar: Near East: History of Infrastructure in Middle East

Description: Study addresses historical role that infrastructure has played in society; and how its construction, maintenance, and breakdown have shaped power relations in world. Particular focus on Middle East. Introduction to infrastructure studies, and how ethnography has helped us to understand human society at micro and macro levels. Examination of historical examples of how humanity has overcome logistical challenges in different geographical and temporal contexts, from camel and wheel to irrigation systems and large-scale communications networks. Study also of 21st century, engaging knowledge infrastructure such as genetic science and its role in shaping concepts of ethnoreligious identities. By weaving in contemporary case studies with historical ones, study highlights relevance of historical knowledge in confronting infrastructural challenges of present and future.

Units: 4.0
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