Dr. Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi

Email: Ebrahimi@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Campus Westend
Postfach: 212
Raum: SKW 05 B.151

Alexander-von-Humboldt Stipendiatin (Postdoc)

Betreuer: Professor Dr. Carsten Ruhl

Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi is an interdisciplinary architectural historian. Before joining Goethe University Frankfurt am Main as a Humboldt Research Fellow, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin (2021-22), and a Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh (2019-20). She studied for her PhD in University College Dublin, where she was an Irish Research Council (IRC) doctoral scholar. Her research interests address the multifaceted origins of ideas and practices in the history of international health and architecture and consider the history of emotions as a way of doing architectural history.

Her project, “Non-colonial Internationalists and Hospital Provision(s) in the Global South", arises from the understanding that international arrangements in the area of health and hospital provision have not been fixed indefinitely in their post-1940s shape or rationale. It will contribute an international history of hospital provision from the perspective of Iran and the Ismaili Muslim community. Through an innovative interdisciplinary method, and using a range of neglected sources, it will uncover the story of previously neglected stakeholders and actors as well as hitherto hidden perspectives. In so doing, it will address one of our main pressing issues in healthcare today - that is, design and the ways in which we could place the agency and experience of the non-Western world at the core of international decision making. It will offer new ways of considering inclusivity in healthcare provision at an international level, addressing such social and health issues as accessibility for all, and thus new gateways to alternative futures.

Books:

  • Emotion, Mission, Architecture: Building Hospitals in Persia and British India, 1865-1914 (Edinburgh University Press, November 2022) 

Special issue:

  • (Editor). 'Exploring Architecture and Emotions through Space and Place.' Emotions: History, Culture, Society 6, no. 1 (2022): 65-177.
Scholarly articles and chapters:
  • 'Gender, Mission, Emotion: Building Hospitals for Women in North-western British India.' In Gender, Emotions and Power, 1750-2020, eds, Hannah Parker and Josh Doble (Accepted/ Under contract with University of London Press).
  • (With Joy Knoblauch). 'Hospital.' In Oxford Bibliographies: Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Under contract with Oxford University Press). 
  • 'Architecture and Emotions.' In Oxford Bibliographies: Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Under contract with Oxford University Press).
  • (With Padma Maitland). 'Centring Emotions in Architectural Historiographies of Modern European Imperialism.' ABE Journal 20 (2022), DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/abe.13322 (Open Access)
  • (Edited and introduced with Ismay Milford).' Roundtable: the archives of global history in a time of international immobility.' Historical Journal (2022), https://doi.org/10.1093/hisres/htac015 (Open Access)
  • 'Introduction: Exploring Architecture and Emotions through Space and Place.' Emotions: History, Culture, Society 6, no. 1 (2022): 65-77, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/2208522X-02010146
  • 'Medical Missionaries and the Invention of the “Serai Hospital" in North-western British India.' European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health 79, no. 1 (2022): 67-93, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/26667711-bja10013 (Open Access)
  • 'The Church Missionary Society (CMS) Medical Missions and Anglo-Russian Rivalry, 1865-1914.' Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 24, no. 1 (2022): 12-30. DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2020.1854102
  • '“Ploughing before Sowing": Trust and the Architecture of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Medical Missions.' Architecture and Culture 7, no. 2 (2019): 197-217 DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2019.1608051

Neuerscheinung: 

Emotion, Mission, Architecture

Building Hospitals in Persia and British India, 1865-1914

An innovative history of medical mission from the perspective of the history of emotions

  • Raises important historical questions about the process of civilising emotions in Christian missionary contexts
  • Utilises archival research in the UK and Canada, and field work in Persia
  • Weaves together the history of emotions and Christian missions with the history of colonial built environments and colonial medicine to bring new insight to the history of medicine and the history of architecture
  • Highlights and examines the involvement of female missionaries in the design process of mission buildings, engaging concepts of feminist historiography
  • Focuses on Iran/Persia to extend our understanding of the transnational dimensions of architectural history, medical history and the history of emotions

Missionary medicine flourished during the period of high European imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was considered the best and surest method to overcome the distrust of and gain access to the indigenous population in the so-called Muslim World. Through studying the medical activities and infrastructures of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Persia and north-western British India, and building upon existing works on missionaries in the Middle East and British India, this book examines the practice of obtaining trust.

A synthesis of Christian mission history, architectural history, emotions history and history of medicine and empire, Emotion, Mission, Architecture raises broader historical questions about the process of mobilising and regulating emotions in the Christian missionary contexts – contributing in turn to discussions on hybridity, missionary and local encounters, women's agency and the interactions between mission and empire.

Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi is an interdisciplinary architectural historian. Before joining Goethe University Frankfurt am Main as a Humboldt Research Fellow, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin (2021-22), and a Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh (2019-20). She studied for her PhD in University College Dublin, where she was an Irish Research Council (IRC) doctoral scholar. Her research interests address the multifaceted origins of ideas and practices in the history of international health and architecture and consider the history of emotions as a way of doing architectural history.

Her project, “Non-colonial Internationalists and Hospital Provision(s) in the Global South", arises from the understanding that international arrangements in the area of health and hospital provision have not been fixed indefinitely in their post-1940s shape or rationale. It will contribute an international history of hospital provision from the perspective of Iran and the Ismaili Muslim community. Through an innovative interdisciplinary method, and using a range of neglected sources, it will uncover the story of previously neglected stakeholders and actors as well as hitherto hidden perspectives. In so doing, it will address one of our main pressing issues in healthcare today - that is, design and the ways in which we could place the agency and experience of the non-Western world at the core of international decision making. It will offer new ways of considering inclusivity in healthcare provision at an international level, addressing such social and health issues as accessibility for all, and thus new gateways to alternative futures.

Books:

  • Emotion, Mission, Architecture: Building Hospitals in Persia and British India, 1865-1914 (Edinburgh University Press, November 2022) 

Special issue:

  • (Editor). 'Exploring Architecture and Emotions through Space and Place.' Emotions: History, Culture, Society 6, no. 1 (2022): 65-177.
Scholarly articles and chapters:
  • 'Gender, Mission, Emotion: Building Hospitals for Women in North-western British India.' In Gender, Emotions and Power, 1750-2020, eds, Hannah Parker and Josh Doble (Accepted/ Under contract with University of London Press).
  • (With Joy Knoblauch). 'Hospital.' In Oxford Bibliographies: Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Under contract with Oxford University Press). 
  • 'Architecture and Emotions.' In Oxford Bibliographies: Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Under contract with Oxford University Press).
  • (With Padma Maitland). 'Centring Emotions in Architectural Historiographies of Modern European Imperialism.' ABE Journal 20 (2022), DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/abe.13322 (Open Access)
  • (Edited and introduced with Ismay Milford).' Roundtable: the archives of global history in a time of international immobility.' Historical Journal (2022), https://doi.org/10.1093/hisres/htac015 (Open Access)
  • 'Introduction: Exploring Architecture and Emotions through Space and Place.' Emotions: History, Culture, Society 6, no. 1 (2022): 65-77, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/2208522X-02010146
  • 'Medical Missionaries and the Invention of the “Serai Hospital" in North-western British India.' European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health 79, no. 1 (2022): 67-93, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/26667711-bja10013 (Open Access)
  • 'The Church Missionary Society (CMS) Medical Missions and Anglo-Russian Rivalry, 1865-1914.' Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 24, no. 1 (2022): 12-30. DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2020.1854102
  • '“Ploughing before Sowing": Trust and the Architecture of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Medical Missions.' Architecture and Culture 7, no. 2 (2019): 197-217 DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2019.1608051

Neuerscheinung: 

Emotion, Mission, Architecture

Building Hospitals in Persia and British India, 1865-1914

An innovative history of medical mission from the perspective of the history of emotions

  • Raises important historical questions about the process of civilising emotions in Christian missionary contexts
  • Utilises archival research in the UK and Canada, and field work in Persia
  • Weaves together the history of emotions and Christian missions with the history of colonial built environments and colonial medicine to bring new insight to the history of medicine and the history of architecture
  • Highlights and examines the involvement of female missionaries in the design process of mission buildings, engaging concepts of feminist historiography
  • Focuses on Iran/Persia to extend our understanding of the transnational dimensions of architectural history, medical history and the history of emotions

Missionary medicine flourished during the period of high European imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was considered the best and surest method to overcome the distrust of and gain access to the indigenous population in the so-called Muslim World. Through studying the medical activities and infrastructures of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Persia and north-western British India, and building upon existing works on missionaries in the Middle East and British India, this book examines the practice of obtaining trust.

A synthesis of Christian mission history, architectural history, emotions history and history of medicine and empire, Emotion, Mission, Architecture raises broader historical questions about the process of mobilising and regulating emotions in the Christian missionary contexts – contributing in turn to discussions on hybridity, missionary and local encounters, women's agency and the interactions between mission and empire.

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