On Barak, “Against Energy: Provincializing Thermodynamics in the Ottoman Empire”

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On Barak, “Against Energy: Provincializing Thermodynamics in the Ottoman Empire”

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

| Humanities 1, Room 210

On Barak is currently completing a manuscript tentatively titled Coalonialism, Energy and Empire before the Age of Oil. The book is based on multi-sited research into the geopolitical, social, and cultural implications of energy shifts during the long nineteenth century, focusing on the “age of coal” in the Middle East, a region usually associated with oil.

Barak is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern & African History at Tel Aviv University.

The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.

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November 15
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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