Fredrik Meiton SHC Post-doctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
Fredrik Meiton is a historian of science and technology in the modern Middle East. His research focuses on the intersection of politics, science, and technology, especially in the context of colonial development. He is currently at work on a book manuscript based on his dissertation, with the working title “Electrical Palestine: Jewish and Arab Technopolitics under British Rule.” The book charts the construction of Palestine’s electric grid as it co-evolved with the increasingly divided politics and society of the area, in an effort to rethink both the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the interplay of power and technology more broadly. He is a contributor to The Routledge Companion to the Middle Eastern Mandates, edited by Andrew Arsan and Cyrus Schayegh, and the author of an article in Comparative Studies in Society and History 57, no. 4 (October 2015), titled “The Radiance of the Jewish National Home.” He has another article forthcoming in Past & Present, titled “Electrifying Jaffa: Boundary-Work and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.”
Fredrik teaches in the History Department. In Winter 2016, he will teach an introductory lecture course, titled “Energy & Society: A Global History,” which surveys the relationship between societies around the world and their energy systems from ancient times until today. In Spring 2016, he will teach a seminar, titled “Non-Western Science and Technology in the Modern World,” which takes a global view of various knowledge making practices in the 19th and 20th centuries, and their role as products and producers of social relations, locally and globally.