Wednesday, April 26 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Social Sciences Building (SOS), 250
3502 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Aro Velmet is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in French Studies and History. He has a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He works on the emergence of Pasteur Institutes as central nodes of technopolitics in the French empire in the early twentieth century. His dissertation seeks to understand how the development of Pastorian projects ranging from plague vaccines to industrial alcohol production produced struggles over the precise meaning of French scientific superiority in Indochina, Tunisia and West Africa, with broad political consequences for questions ranging from taxation and migration, to citizenship, international cooperation, and the justification for French rule in the colonies. Aro's earlier work has focused on interwar beauty pageants in France and North Africa, and museum politics in the Baltic States.