Title

Engineering Modernity: Orientalism, Modernization Theory and the Construction of the Aswan Low Dam 1898-1902

Date

5-30-2013 10:00 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

Max G. Geier

Session Title

History M.A. Program: Graduate Research Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

"Engineering Modernity" is a study of the British colonial assumptions about the people and land of the Nile River Valley during the period leading up to and during the construction of the Aswan Low Dam from 1898-1902. Ultimately, this research reveals the way that prejudices held by colonial officials and engineers left them overlooking the value of pre-existing irrigation methods. This research fits within a broader survey of modernization discourse in the twentieth century, which justified the technocratic management of water resources and social control.

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Engineering Modernity: Orientalism, Modernization Theory and the Construction of the Aswan Low Dam 1898-1902

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

"Engineering Modernity" is a study of the British colonial assumptions about the people and land of the Nile River Valley during the period leading up to and during the construction of the Aswan Low Dam from 1898-1902. Ultimately, this research reveals the way that prejudices held by colonial officials and engineers left them overlooking the value of pre-existing irrigation methods. This research fits within a broader survey of modernization discourse in the twentieth century, which justified the technocratic management of water resources and social control.