CUNY Workshop, 1 April 2016: Medicine and Knowledge in the Middle East

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Please join us on April 1 for “Medicine and Knowledge in the Middle East” at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Please RSVP to  ( to confirm attendance.Note that all workshop participants are asked to read the papers in advance of the meeting.


Medicine and Knowledge in the Middle East

Friday, April 1, 2016


The Graduate Center, CUNY

Room C198


10:00-12:00 Questions of Knowledge and Methods in Early Modern Medicine

Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers University) “Plague Ecology in Early Modern Ottoman Empire”

Harun Küçük, (University of Pennsylvania) “Medical Empiricism in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire”

Discussant: Ahmed Ragab (Harvard University)


Lunch 12:00-1:00


1:00-3:15 Politics of Medical Knowledge in Colonial Contexts

Shehab Ismail (Columbia University) “Science versus Sentiment: The Controversy over Water Supply in British Colonial Cairo”

Jennifer Derr (University of California, Santa Cruz)” The Nature of Labor: Colonial Economy, Disease, and the Question of Subjectivity in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt”

Seçil Yılmaz, (The Graduate Center, CUNY) “Remedy in a Bottle: Petitions, Experiments, and Medical Practice in Late Ottoman Period”

Discussant: Robert Tignor (Princeton University)


Break 3:15-3:30


3:30 -5:30 Environments of Other Wars

Chris Gratien (Yale University) “Year of the Mosquito: Displacement and Disease in the Ottoman Empire during WWI”

Graham A. Pitts (Georgetown University) “War as the Vector of Malaria in Twentieth-Century Lebanon”

Discussant: Alan Mikhail (Yale University)

5.30-6.00 Closing Remarks

Jennifer E. Johnson (Brown University)


RSVP to Seçil Yılmaz ( to confirm attendance.

Note that all workshop participants are asked to read the papers in advance of the meeting.


Seçil Yılmaz
PhD Candidate in History
The Graduate Center, CUNY


Beth Baron

Professor of History, The Graduate Center and City College, CUNY

President, Middle East Studies Association

Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

The Graduate Center, CUNY

 Co-Organizers, The Graduate Center, CUNY Workshop in "Medicine and Knowledge in the Middle East"