Spring Colloquium w/ Zozan Pehlivan

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Session Description

Ottoman El Niño

By investigating the connection between local weather anomalies and global climatic shifts as they relate to El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) in the nineteenth-century Middle East, this paper argues that recurrent episodes of drought and other extreme conditions are not singular weather events. Rather, they were synchronized with global climatic patterns. Drawing from Ottoman and British archives, as well as existing climatic and dendrochronological studies, this paper examines the parallels and contrasts between “local” Middle Eastern weather anomalies and global climatic oscillations.