History Department
History Department

Talk: "Going with the Grain: Reframing 18th Century Iranian History around Ecological Crisis" by James Gustafson, Indiana State University

Tue, October 22, 2019 | RLP 1.302B

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

James M. Gustafson (Ph.D, University of Washington, 2010) is an Associate Professor of History, specializing in the modern Middle East. Dr. Gustafson has published on the social and economic history of Qajar Iran (1795-1925) and modern Central Asia in the International Journal of Middle East StudiesJournal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient Iranian Studies, and Encyclopaedia Iranica.  His first book, Kirman and the Qajar Empire: Local Dimensions of Modernity in Iran, 1794-1914was published by Routledge Press in 2015. Dr. Gustafson also serves on the Association for Iranian Studies Council and was a two-term President of the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (2012-16).  His current book project, The Lion and the Sun, is an environmental history of Iran covering the decline of the Safavid Empire through the long nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the relationship between global climate change and the ecological functions of empire.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of History, and Department of Religious Studies

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