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Mechanizing the Flow: Machines and Politics on the Nile Before the British Occupation

CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Mon., Apr. 17, 2017, 4:15 – 6 p.m.

Mechanizing the Flow: Machines and Politics on the Nile Before the British Occupation

On Dec. 10, 1902, the sluices of Egypt’s Aswan Dam were opened for the first time. The Aswan Dam was an exemplar of colonial engineering, the project of remaking colonial society through material infrastructure. Its completion culminated one among many competing visions for the Nile in the late nineteenth century. This paper examines another of those visions. In the decades before the British occupation, Egyptian and European engineers working on the behest of estate owners and public companies worked to reconfigure the flow of the Nile’s water through the introduction of steam-pumps. This paper explores their work and its significance for thinking about water and community in late nineteenth century Egypt.

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Gazette Classification: Lecture, Social Sciences
Organization/Sponsor: The CES/CMES Colonial Encounters Working Group
Speaker(s): Casey Primel, Volkswagen Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University
Contact Infoelizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu
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Date: 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 16:15