'Mandatory Development: French Colonial Empire, Global Capitalism and the Politics of the Economy after World War One'
I am currently at work on a monograph organized around several themes in the history of the French Mandate in Syria-Lebanon: the influence of World War One on the economic and social theorization of colonial rule, the role of Fordism in the establishment of the Mandate's development regime, the impact of transnational and global diaspora on the politics of colonial economic development, the role of the League of Nations as a platform for the creation of new economic and legal norms in international and imperial politics. Under contract with Cornell University Press, having passed peer review, while I complete revisions (January 2021).
I recently coordinated and edited a special section titled 'The Global Middle East in the Age of Speed', for Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which was published in May 2019. It emerged from a conference I organised at Birmingham's Institute for Advanced Studies, and reported on for Jadaliyya here.
I direct this centre, which aims to be the principal focus for research at Birmingham on the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world since WW1.
Drawing together expertise from across the College of Arts and Law, the Centre provides a unique intellectual forum for academic staff and postgraduates working within the field, and a base for research both for its members and in collaboration with other institutions. The Centre is ideally located for research on any aspect of the modern world and hosts a flourishing MA in Contemporary History.
I co-convene this seminar at the IHR and was lead convener in 2017.
Venue: Currently on Zoom
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I convene this research seminar series in collaboration with colleagues affiliated with the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History.
During the pandemic, we are contributing seminars to the series led by the Birmingham Research Institute in History and Cultures. For more details, please see here.