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Down to the Bone: Dissecting Blackness in Early 20th Century Egypt
March 18 @ 4:00 pm
The 2020-2021 Speaker Series: Blackness in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will host Down to the Bone: Dissecting Blackness in Early 20th Century Egypt, with Dr. Taylor Moore (UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSB), moderated by Shreya Parikh, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology.
Taylor M. Moore is a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the History
Department at UC Santa Barbara. Her research lies at the intersections of critical race studies,
decolonial/postcolonial histories of science, and decolonial materiality studies. Her manuscript-in preparation, Superstitious Women: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Egypt, uses modern Egyptian
amulets as an archive to reconstruct the magical and vernacular medical life-worlds of peasant
women healers, and their critical role in developing medico-anthropological expertise in Egypt from
1880-1950. Taylor’s work is invested in illuminating the occult(ed) networks, economies, and actors
whose bodies and labor are generally rendered invisible in Eurocentric histories of global science.
Supported by the Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and the Institute for African American Research.