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2019 Conference Program


8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast


9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Panel 1: Infrastructure and Violence

Ron Smith, Infrastructure of the Gaza Blockade

Deen Sharp, Infrastructure as Violence

Jeannie Sowers, Targeting infrastructure and health in Yemen

With discussant Hatim al-Hibri 


10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break


10:45 - 12:15 p.m. Panel 2: Infrastructures of Colonial Power

Pauline Lewis, Ottoman Submarine Cables: Foreign Technology and Local Power in the Last Decades of the Empire

Nimrod Ben Zeev,

Fred Meiton, Electrification in Palestine

With discussant Graham Cornwell


12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch


1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Panel 3: Energy and Renewable Infrastructure

Zachary Davis Cuyler, A Better Life for Whom? Oil, Political Economy, and the Terrain of Political Contestation in Lebanon, 1934-1978

Calvert Jones, Sociological Engineering and Energy Subsidies

Ekin Kurtic, Ecology of Large Dams in Turkey

With discussant Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou


2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Break


3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Panel 4: Resources and Livelihoods in Morocco (co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University)

Karen Rignall, Towards a Typology of Resource Conflict in Morocco

Zakia Salime, Enclaves of Sovereignty: Life on the Fringes of a Silver Mine

David Balgley, Between Modernity and Modernization: Governing Land and Labor in the Gharb

With discussant Mona Atia