TALK: Laleh Khalili “Quartermasters of Capital”


Thursday, 26th May / 18.00 “Quartermasters of Capital” by Laleh Khalili

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Laleh Khalili is a professor in Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her primary research areas are logistics and trade, infrastructure, policing and incarceration, gender, nationalism, political and social movements, refugees, and diasporas in the Middle East. Her published works include: Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration (Cambridge 2007), Modern Arab Politics as editor (Routledge 2008), Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion as co-editor with Jillian Schwedler (Hurst/OUP 2010) and Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013).

In the lecture Quartermasters of Capital, Khalili will speak about the echoes of colonial pasts in today’s maritime and shipping processes in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

For further insight into Khalili’s research in emergence of transport infrastructure in the Middle East, the role of military mobilities, trade and capital accumulation, and struggles over labour and citizenship rights in the making of these transport infrastructures, please consult her blog The Gamming or The Geopolitics of Maritime Transportation in Middle East a conversation published on Archipelago

Map for Laleh

A map of Khalil’s travel on a container ship in February 2015



Location: In the mint green container in front of Toni Areal, Zurich, under the railway bridge




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