MEHAT Workshop 2016-2017

Rachel and I would like to thank all of those who attended workshops and events this year. We believe that MEHAT in 2015-16 was one of the most successful in recent years in terms of quality of scholarship and attendance.

We are pleased to announce the workshop’s new coordinators for 2016-17. Chelsie May and Alexandra Hoffmann are third-years in the NELC Department, and Rachel and I know we are leaving the workshop in extremely capable hands!

Be on the lookout for the CFP by early September, and if you have any questions, please email

See you in the fall!

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“Will We Talk About ISIS?”

will we talk poster

The formal roundtable participants are:

Oya Topcuoglu, U of C, NELC
Esra Tasdelen, North Central College, Modern and Classical Languages
Alireza Doostdar, U of C, Divinity School
Holly Shissler, U of C, NELC
Noha Forster, U of C, NELC
Richard Payne, U of C, NELC
Annie Greene, U of C, NELC
Madeleine Elfenbein, U of C, NELC
Jessica Sylvan Mutter, U of C, NELC
Timothy Gutmann, U of C, Divinity School
Mariam Sheibani, U of C, NELC

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Workshop 4/14/2016 – Ekin Enacar

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Thursday, April 14th, at 12:00 Noon in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Ekin Enacar (NELC) who will present her paper entitled “Political Satire, Cartoons and the Limits of Press Freedom during the First Months of the Young Turk Revolution.” The discussant is Maddy Elfenbein (NELC).

The paper will be distributed on our listserv on Monday. If possible, please try to read the paper in advance for informed discussion.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

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4/14: Lecture by Dr. Sara Omar

Dear MEHAT Attendees,

We are excited to remind you about the upcoming lecture on Thursday, April 14 in Stuart 101 by Sara Omar (Georgetown), titled “Same-Sex Acts and the Islamic Tradition.” This talk is part of the ongoing Gender & Sexuality in Middle Eastern History lecture series. The talk begins at 4:30 and will be followed by a reception in Pick Lounge.

For more information, please go to our facebook event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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