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Middle East History in the Time of COVID-19

Historians often demure when asked what concrete lessons can be drawn from the past. Meanwhile, purported irrelevance threatens the place of the humanities in higher education. That crisis of confidence, made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic, calls for a renewed engagement with practical questions and public audiences. What lessons can be drawn from the interrelated histories of disease, environment, and medicine?

Scholarship Online

In this age of COVID-19, one of the few bright spots has been that many academic talks and meetings have moved online, which means that anyone, anywhere can access them. Here’s some of the ones that have caught my eye!

A Tale of Two Contagions: Science, Imperialism, and the 1883 Cholera in Egypt

In the summer and fall of 1883, the newly-installed Anglo-Egyptian government faced its first public health crisis when cases of cholera were reported in the Nile Delta and rapidly spread throughout the country. The government’s response was based in part on long-standing European prejudices about the “Orient” as the origin of plague and pestilence and “Orientals” as people who did not understand health, science, or hygiene, and were unconcerned—even fatalistic—in the face of life-threatening illnesses.

The myth of the “Alt-ac” career

“Alt-ac” and “career diversity” are buzzwords that essentially mean the same thing: those of us in graduate programs, especially doctoral programs, are statistically unlikely to land what used to be considered the gold standard for those with that particular academic credential, specifically the tenure-track (TT) job at a four year institution of higher learning. The problem is that the term has become shorthand for “jobs we don’t have to train you for, and can’t–or won’t–help you find.”

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About Me

Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History. Postdoctoral fellow (2019-20), Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. Founder and former co-host of the podcast 15 Minute History. Gay. Polyglot. Foodie. Traveler. Photographer. Bon vivant.

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