The World The Suez Canal Made
Taught By: Olag Verlato
Since the earliest proposals for a maritime channel through the isthmus of Suez were made in the early 1800s, the Suez Canal has served as the object of utopian fantasies in which the intensification and acceleration of global transport and travel will hasten the arrival of peace and prosperity for all humankind. But those promises have gone unrealized for as long as people have been making them. Covering a long expanse of time—from the late eighteenth century to the present—this source-based research seminar will explore the many and shifting roles of the Suez Canal in the production of global inequalities. By analyzing this complex infrastructural system’s shifting functions—as a passageway for global commerce and travel, of course, but also as a shaper of ships, a bellows for global warming, a test case for international law, a mover of meat, a curator of tastes, a force of nature, a machine of counterrevolution, a center of currency arbitrage, and a crucible of chauvinistic antagonisms—the course will explain how the more connected world that Suez helped to make also became a world that was hotter, more unequal, and for many peoples around the globe, less free. Drawing on a vast trove of archival materials available through the New School library, students will design and pursue their own independent research projects relating to the long, complex, and globe-spanning history of the Canal.
College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)
Department: History (LHIS)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Seminar (R)
Max Enrollment: 18
Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)
Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)
Seats Available: Yes
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