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Shehab Ismail

Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep 2020-Dec 2020)

PhD

Shehab Ismail is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department III. His research combines perspectives from history of science, technology, and medicine, urban history, modern Middle East history, and digital history. His research examines how public health crises and real estate investment intersected in Cairo and reshaped the city during the British colonial period. Focusing on the work of civil engineers, and the sanitary infrastructures they designed, he highlights how engineers test their epistemologies and reflect on the function and reach of their technologies.

Ismail received his PhD from Columbia University’s Department of History in 2017. Thanks to a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), he launched the public, digital history project Al-Madaq: A Virtual Tour of Cairo’s History in March 2020. The website features an open access cartographic archive of historical Cairo, essays, and the work of collaborating artists. Before joining the MPIWG, his work was supported by the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1880s–1920s

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Events

Early Career Seminar

Sanitary Engineers and the Growth of Colonial Cairo: A Hydraulic Approach

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Early Career Seminar

Camels as Leaders: Distributed Skills in Human-Camel Cooperative Relationships in Somaliland

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Workshop

Global South Cosmologies & Epistemologies: A Trans-Hemispheric Conversation

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Early Career Seminar

Colligation in Model Analysis: from Whewell’s Tides to the San Francisco Bay Model

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German and Egyptian Sexologists and the Boundaries of the Sexual Instinct: Early Twentieth Century Encounters

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Workshop

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

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Engineering Cairo: Sewers and the Social

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News & Press

Postdoctoral Fellow Shehab Ismail Awarded Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Funding

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