November 9, 2016, 5:30pm
Globalization Meets Decolonization The Urban Linkage 1940s-1970s
Presenter: Dr. Cyrus Schayegh (Princeton)
Location: Stiteler Hall B-26, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA

In the 1940s-70s, a few city hubs performed a distinct function in the world: each linked multiple recently decolonized countries with global trade, finance, communication, transport, and knowledge circuits. This was because already by the late 1800s, these cities, including Beirut, Dakar, and Singapore, were imperial hubs, and because they remained in demand even when “their” region’s countries became independent. Fledgling countries still needed their global links, and outside actors still needed them for easy access to decolonized countries. Also, this situation maintained their status as socio-culturally hybrid meeting places for actors from near and far, and made them frame themselves as inter-civilizational bridges.

Dr. Cyrus Schayegh is Associate Professor of modern Middle Eastern history at Princeton University. His first book, Who Is Knowledgeable, Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950, explored modern Iranian uses of a variety of bio-medical sciences. His forthcoming book, The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World: A Spatial History, examines how in the Middle East, cities, their ties, and regions interplayed with new nation-states and empires from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. He earned his PhD in Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University in 2004.