This panel presentation and discussion highlights the intersections of environmental transformations, politics, and cultures in the contemporary Middle East. Five invited scholars will present insights from their ethnographic research on the roles played by water, science, bread, minerals, seeds, waste, land, and animals in people’s everyday life and in the region’s broader politics and economies. Panelists will foreground the important contributions of an anthropological and interdisciplinary approach to the study of changing ecology, infrastructure, resources and food politics in the region and beyond. The panelists’ presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with the audience.
Jessica Barnes, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina
Tessa Farmer, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia
Simone Popperl, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at University of California Irvine
Kali Rubaii, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College
Sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund, the Dean’s Office, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Department of Anthropology/Sociology, the Department of Environmental Studies, and the Department ofPolitical Science