Article ID: CBB180761412

Imagining future agricultural landscapes in a new Sudan: Entitled expertise, cultural intransience and fine warm rain in the English wilds (2020)


This article responds to work on development-centred technical and scientific expertise at the decline of the British empire in Africa. It focuses on the imagining of future agricultural landscapes in Sudan, exploring how such imagining was framed by the social and colonial worlds in which scientific knowledge about agricultural capacity in the north and south was produced. It draws on a private archive of letters, photographs and objects compiled by Roger Brain, an agricultural scientist engaged in research and census work for the University of Khartoum in Sudan between 1953 and 1959. His archive reveals the underlying assumptions, conventions and anxieties that framed the ways in which he viewed and understood the landscapes in which he worked. I argue that this framing shaped regionalized notions of inevitable technological transformation in the north, and notions of a fragile cultural distinctiveness coupled with a deep nostalgia for rural intransience in the south.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Book Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow William Carruthers; William Carruthers; (2022)
Flooded Pasts: UNESCO, Nubia, and the Recolonization of Archaeology (/isis/citation/CBB596129663/) unapi

Article Sayer, Karen; (2013)
Animal Machines: The Public Response to Intensification in Great Britain, c. 1960-c. 1973 (/isis/citation/CBB001320824/) unapi

Article Kimmelman, Barbara; (2005)
Where to Look Next? Agricultural Archives as Resources for the History of Genetics (/isis/citation/CBB001251976/) unapi

Article (2011)
Samuel A. Goudsmit Papers are Available Online (/isis/citation/CBB001320775/) unapi

Article Underwood, Martin C.; (2011)
Joseph Rotblat's Archive: Some Anomalies and Difficulties (/isis/citation/CBB001320777/) unapi

Article McCabe, Jane; (2014)
Remaking Anglo-Indian Men: Agricultural Labour as Remedy in the British Empire, 1908--38 (/isis/citation/CBB001550133/) unapi

Article Tully, John; (2009)
A Victorian Ecological Disaster: Imperialism, the Telegraph, and Gutta-Percha (/isis/citation/CBB001030428/) unapi

Book Amrith, Sunil S; (2013)
Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (/isis/citation/CBB001421571/) unapi

Book Sven Beckert; (2014)
Empire of Cotton: A Global History (/isis/citation/CBB590014542/) unapi

Book Sharma, Jayeeta; (2011)
Empire's Garden: Assam and the Making of India (/isis/citation/CBB001421813/) unapi

Article Schnurr, Matthew A.; (2011)
Breeding for Insect-Resistant Cotton across Imperial Networks, 1924--1950 (/isis/citation/CBB001034147/) unapi

Essay Review Matthew Mauger; (2018)
Writing Tea’s Empire (/isis/citation/CBB579357935/) unapi

Article Ian J. Kerr; (2018)
The Transfer of Railway Technologies and Afro-Asian Labor Processes within the British Empire (/isis/citation/CBB935461811/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Carruthers, William
Park, Sub
Tully, John A.
Schnurr, Matthew A.
Kimmelman, Barbara A.
Underwood, Martin C.
History of Physics Newsletter
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Journal of World History
Journal of Historical Geography
Mendel Newsletter
Agricultural History
Harvard University Press
Duke University Press
Lexington Books
Alfred A. Knopf
Cornell University Press
Personal archives
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Great Britain, colonies
Goudsmit, Samuel Abraham
Rotblat, Joseph
Hamilton, William Donald
Great Britain
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
American Institute of Physics
Niels Bohr Library

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment