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Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of the Empire | Penny Sinanoglou

February 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

At this launch and discussion, Professor Penny Sinanoglou will speak about her new book, Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of the Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Prof. Sarah Shields (UNC-CH), and Prof. David Gilmartin (NCSU), will comment upon the book and lead a session with Prof. Sinanoglou.

Penny Sinanoglou is Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University. Sinanoglou is broadly interested in the intersections between British imperial power and international systems of oversight and governance; the role of ethnicity, religion, gender and nationality in imperial politics; and the changing legal statuses of imperial subjects in the colonial and postcolonial eras. She is currently writing a legal history of marriage in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century British empire. Sinanoglou received her PhD in History from Harvard University, and her BA in History and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.

Sarah Shields is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in History, UNC-CH. She is the author of Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Mosul before Iraq: Like Bees Making Five-Sided Cells (State University Press of New York, 2000). She is currently researching the long-term impact of the League of Nations on the Middle East.

David Gilmartin is Distinguished Prof. of History at North Carolina State University. His research interests focus on the intersections between the history of British imperialism in South Asia and the development of modern politics and forms of rule. He is the author of Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (U. California, 2015), and Civilization and Modernity: Narrating the Creation of Pakistan (New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2014).

Co-conveners: Triangle Global British History Seminar, Global and Transnational Modern History Seminar

  • TGBHS seminar: Susan Pennybacker (UNC-CH), Julia Rudolph (NCSU), Philip Stern (Duke), Brent Sirota (NCSU); Rapporteurs Katie Laird (UNC-CH) and Morgan Wilson (UNC-CH)
  • Global and Transnational Seminar: Cemil Aydin (UNC-CH), Susan Pennybacker (UNC-CH); Rapporteur Zardas Lee (UNC-CH)
  • Refreshments to follow; no advance paper. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Department of History (UNC-CH), and the Center for European Studies (UNC-CH).


February 14, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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