Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

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Online via Zoom
@ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Rosie Bsheer of Harvard University explores the increasing secularization of the postwar Saudi state and how it manifested in assembling a national archive and reordering urban space in Riyadh and Mecca.

Professor Bsheer is an Assistant Professor of History at Harvard University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on oil and empire, social and intellectual movements, urban history, historiography, and the making of the modern Middle East. Rosie’s publications include Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia (Stanford University Press, 2020) and A Counterrevolutionary State: Popular Movements and the Making of Saudi Arabia, Past and Present (2018). She is a board member of the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAME), Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film My Country, My Country, and a co-editor of Jadaliyya E-zine. Rosie received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University (2014) and came to Harvard from Yale University, where she taught for four years.