March 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Baker Peace Panel | Egypt and the Levant in the World Wars, March 25

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The 2016 Baker Peace Conference features a panel on Egypt and the Levant in the World Wars on Friday, March 25, at 10 a.m. in Baker Ballroom A,

The theme of the 2016 conference, held March 24 and 25 at Ohio University, is “History, War, and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East.” The conference focuses on the Middle East, from World War I to the present time. These events are free and open to the public. See the 2016 conference schedule. Three panels will convene on Friday, featuring a diverse array of topics and specialists. Each panel will have a time for questions and answers.

Panel 1: Egypt and the Levant in the World Wars

Friday March 25, 10 a.m., Baker Ballroom A

A City under Siege: Beirut during the Great War

Dr. Melanie S. Tanielian, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Dr. Melanie S. Tanielian

Dr. Melanie S. Tanielian

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 2012. Her research and teaching treat the social and cultural history of World War I in the Middle East, the emergence of religious philanthropic societies and their work, the history of German missionaries, social Protestantism and modern humanitarianism, disease, medicine, and hospitals, childhood and youth. In the summer of 2015, she led a Michigan in the World session, History’s undergraduate research program, to produce the online exhibit: “The University of Michigan and The Great War.” Her publications include “Feeding the City: The Beirut Municipality and Civilian Provisioning During World War I,” in International Journal of Middle East Studies 46 (2014); “Politics of Wartime Relief in Ottoman Beirut,” in First World War Studies 5 (2014); “Food and Nutrition (Ottoman Empire/Middle East)” and “Disease and Public Health (Ottoman Empire/Middle East),” in 1914-1918-online International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Freie Universität Berlin, 2014). She is working on a monograph, The War as Famine: Food, Power, and the End of the Ottoman Empire (1914-1918).

War, Colonialism, and the Collapse of Liberal Political Economy in Egypt

Dr. Eric Schewe, Queens College, City University of New York

Dr. Eric Schewe

Dr. Eric Schewe

He is an adjunct assistant professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York. He recently received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. His dissertation, “State of Siege: The Development of the Security State in Second World War-era Egypt,” examined the Egyptian experience of the war and the war’s effect on law and the state, political economy and culture in late colonial Egypt. His article “An Unlimited Ration: The Wartime Origin of the Standardized, Subsidized Bread Loaf in Egypt” is forthcoming from Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Schewe lived and worked in Cairo for five years, where he was a freelance journalist and magazine editor. He writes on the contemporary politics and economy of Egypt and the Middle East at his blog

Bodies and Needs: World War II in Palestine

Dr. Sherene Seikaly, University of California at Santa Barbara

Dr. Sherene Seikaly

Dr. Sherene Seikaly

She is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of the Arab Studies Journal, co-founder, and co-editor of Jadaliyya E-zine, and an editor of Journal of Palestine Studies. Seikaly’s Men of Capital in Times of Scarcity: Economy in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body. She has published in academic journals such as International Journal of Middle East Studies and Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies as well as in online venues including Jadaliyya, MadaMasr, and 7iber.


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