22. March 2019 - 15:30 till 17:30
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Paper Discussion: The Nature of Suffering: Disease, DDT and the Displacement of Armenian and Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (1915-1950) | CCAS Boardroom (ICC 141, enter through ICC 241) | Friday, 22. March 2019

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University invites you to join us for a discussion of the paper, "The Nature of Suffering: Disease, DDT and the Displacement of Armenian and Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (1915-1950)."
This paper explores the history of infectious disease in twentieth-century Lebanon through the lens of populations displaced by war. During World War I, epidemics proved to be a potent ally of the Ottoman bid to commit genocide against Armenians. More than two decades later, in 1939, nearly half of the Armenian refugees resettled in Lebanon perished from malaria, typhus, and other diseases despite the fact that French Mandate authorities, unlike the Ottoman regime, intended for them to prosper in their new homes. In the **** of dire conditions, Armenians settled near the city of Tyre left for the Soviet Union. A few years later, Palestinian refugees inhabited those same abandoned camps but were spared the infectious diseases that decimated the Armenian refugees that preceded them. Palestinians still inhabit those camps today. Their ability to withstand permanent settlement in ostensibly temporary quarters hinged on a new environmental regime inaugurated in the aftermath of World War II featuring cheap pesticides, food, and medicine. 
Graham Auman Pitts is the American Druze Foundation Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on war and the environment in modern Lebanon.
Attendees should read the paper before attending the event. This essay is not for circulation outside of this event. Please do not distribute or cite this essay without the author's permission. To recieve a copy of the paper please email mcf77@georgetown.edu
Any questions about the event and requests for accommodation should be sent to mcf77@georgetown.edu.