Pox and Proximities: Disease, Diplomacy, and the Medical Profession in Modern Iraq, 1948-1962

Friday, January 21, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Global Friday Presents
Dr. Sara Farhan
Assistant Professor, Department of History
University of Northern British Columbia

ABSTRACT:  The 1958 violent overthrow of the Hashemite Monarchy of Iraq created a vacuum wherein various powers competed to dictate the country’s future all while medical diplomatic missions continued to operate along broader Arab nationalist sentiments. While the succeeding regime proved receptive to Soviet medical aid, it simultaneously reinforced Arab cooperation, and American dominance over the pharmaceutical industry in Iraq. In relying on the Iraqi Medical Archive, a depository rarely consulted by scholars, medical articles authored by Iraqi, Russian, American, Armenian and British doctors, Iraqi newspapers and memoires, oral interviews, WHO records, the National Archives at College Park, the National Archives at Kew Gardens, and the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), this paper narrates the Iraqi chapter of a global history of medical diplomacy during the Cold War.

SPEAKER'S BIO: I am a cultural and social historian of the modern Middle East. My publications have dealt with medicine, science and technology as well as broader questions on education, professionalization and colonialism, and the politics of archives and archiving. I received my Ph.D. from York University (2019) for writing a dissertation on medical education and health in modern Iraq. Since then, I taught at various universities in Canada and the Middle East. I teach a variety of courses on modern world history. These offering carry a wide range of themes including colonialism, nationalism, medicine and health, crime and criminality, intellectual history, among others.

Online via Zoom Webniar:  https://unbc.zoom.us/j/66695597527?pwd=QzZLZjd0ZWFvaVFzYnJwYnNnMlRYQT09 
Webinar ID:  666 9559 7527 Passcode: 902819 



Global Fridays gratefully acknowledges funding from the Faculties of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities; Business and Economics; Environment; Human and Health Sciences; Science and Engineering.

Share This