CFP: Thematic Session on Empires and the Environment in the Modern Middle East

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Call for Papers
September 23, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Geography, Middle East History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Political Science

The Modern Era in the Middle East was shaped by different empires. First, by direct control, such as the Ottoman Empire which governed most of the area until World War I; the British Empire that controlled Egypt during the 19th Century; and the British and French mandatory governments After WWI. Second, the region witnessed diplomatic, missionary, business and private involvements of Britain, France, Germany, Russia and other Powers in the Ottoman Empire and Iran. This involvement continued after WWII, during the Cold War, by the Great Powers.

Imperial governance and involvement had environmental aspects: from water management to sanitary facilities, from legislation to gardening, hunting, forestation and deforestation. This panel at the ESEH meeting in Zagreb (to be held from June 28 to July 2, 2017) aimes at exploring these aspects. We are welcoming 20 minutes presentations on imperial actions and local-imperial connections regarding environmental issues in the Middle East during the modern era. Proposals may be focused on imperial perspective, regional topics, or local case studies.

Please submit a 250 words proposal, along with a short CV to before September 23, 2016. Feel free to contact us and discuss your ideas.

Contact Info: 

Yaron Balslev

Tel Aviv University


Dan Tamir

University of Zurich




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