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1333AD, Port of Aden, Yemen

Following the gravestone of a young Jewish woman used as the ballast for a ship, political scientist Laleh Khalili follows the geography of ports and trade routes, mapping the infrastructure of imperialism and its relation to logistics to create an image of the technosphere as it expands geographically along its many ports.

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Laleh Khalili

SOAS, University of London

Dr. Laleh Khalili is a professor in Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She received her PhD from Columbia University. Her primary research areas are logistics and trade, infrastructure, policing and incarceration, gender, nationalism, political and social movements, refugees, and diasporas in the Middle East. Her commentary on Middle Eastern and Iranian affairs have been used in several newspapers. Khalili’s most recent book, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013), drew on interviews with former detainees of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and various Israeli detention camps and prisons. The book was the winner of the Susan Strange Best Book Prize of the British International Studies Association and the 2014 best book award of the International Political Sociology section of the ISA.