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Session R4921 (Material Politics in the Middle East), 2017
My contribution will focus on what we can learn from examining various attempts to increase irrigated space in French mandate Syria. Mandate and local officials agreed that more reliable sources of irrigation were essential to economic development, but differed over which projects should receive priority. In my comments, I will consider the divergence between the representations of these projects and their practical implementation. In discussing the latter, I aim to encourage a discussion around how the material networks created through infrastructure such as dams, irrigation ditches, or canals intersect with personal, economic, and political networks leading to new alignments of interests or the entrenchment of existing ones.