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Edna Bonhomme

Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2017-Jul 2020)

PhD

Edna Bonhomme is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department III. She was trained as a biologist at Reed College (BA), public health practitioner at Columbia University (MPH), and historian of science at Princeton University (MA, PhD). Her dissertation titled, “Plague Bodies and Spaces: Medicine, Trade, and Death in Ottoman Egypt, 1705-1830 CE,” examined the commercial and geopolitical trajectory of plague and its direct links to commercial, provincial, and imperial policies in several North African port cities.

Edna’s main research interest focuses on the intersection of medicine, migration, trade, and imperialism. Related research interests include historical materialism, scientific institutions, and digital mapping. Her current research traces epidemics, public health, and scientific practice in Algiers, Alexandria, and Tunis and shows how they were linked to European expansion of commerce and colonial power. The transition from the early modern to the modern period produced a particular form of organization and relationship whereby capitalism, European militarization, and Arab medical modernization were linked to the imperative to control epidemics and people. Port cities were particularly subject to that surveillance insofar that states, merchants, and international organizations—in the modern period—systematically tracked goods and people for the sake of managing epidemics.

Projects

Mapping Epidemics: Public Health, and Scientific Practice in North African Port Cities, 1750–1950

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Events

Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Reading Group

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Workshop

Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East

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Women, Race, and Medicine: Black Midwives in Early 19th-century Ottoman Egypt

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Thematic Cluster: Diseases and Health

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News & Press

Postdoctoral Fellow Edna Bonhomme in Analyse & Kritik on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

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Postdoctoral Fellow Edna Bonhomme Selected for Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) Program

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“What Yemen can learn from the historical experience of cholera”—Edna Bonhomme publishes in The Conversation UK.

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