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Motors of Citizenship: Ford Automobiles, Workers and Fordism Between Beirut and Detroit, 1919-1935
When: November 14, 2012, 03:00 PM
Where: 2265 SSB

The Center for Arab American Studies invites you to attend a special event,
Motors of Citizenship:
Ford Automobiles, Workers and Fordism Between Beirut and Detroit, 1919-1935
presented by Dr. Simon Jackson, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Simon Jackson is a historian of the French colonial empire. He specializes in the 20th century Mediterranean, in the French Mandate in inter-war Syria-Lebanon and its diaspora, in colonial economic development, and in international institutions in the era of late colonial empire. His forthcoming book is titled Mandatory Development: the politics of French colonial economic policy in the Middle East.

This talk is based on new research at the intersection of two fields of inquiry that are in the process of revitalization: the history of Middle Eastern diaspora in the Americas in the 20th century, and the history of the French Mandate in Syria-Lebanon during the inter-war period. I connect the production lines of the Ford plants in Detroit, where numerous Middle Eastern migrants labored, with the import, sale and use of Ford autos in inter-war Lebanon, where these vehicles changed practices of time and space, and served both to protest colonial rule and to facilitate counter-insurgency. Throughout the presentation, I focus on the relationship of citizenship to the Fordist mode of production in both contexts.

The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies and the Arab Student Union.

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Department: CASL_College_Wide-Program
Category: Presentation
Audience: All
Submitted: October 23, 2012, 08:09 AM
Submitted by: Susan B Gedert
Approved by: Sharie L Beard
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