2015-16 Call for Papers

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2015-16 academic year. We aim to provide a forum for graduate students to present new work, receive feedback, and generate discussion across disciplines. We are eager to hear from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, musicologists, linguists, theologians, and political scientists whose work engages with the Middle East, defined broadly to include the Mediterranean, North and West Africa, and South and Central Asia, over a span of time extending from Late Antiquity and the advent of Islam to the present.

Drafts of dissertation proposals, chapters, and master’s theses are especially welcome, along with other works in progress. Papers are generally circulated a week prior to the workshop on the MEHAT listserv to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.

Please email abstracts to mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu if interested. Our fall meeting dates are tentatively scheduled for October 1, October 15, October 29, November 12, and December 3. We will also be placing papers during Winter and Spring Quarters. Please indicate in which quarter you would prefer to present, and we will try to accommodate your request.

The workshop will meet on alternate Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:30 PM in Pick 218. There will always be pizza.

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MEHAT workshop schedule for fall 2014

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop fall schedule
All meetings scheduled for 12:00–1:30 in Pick 218 unless otherwise noted

October 23

Ed Hayes (NELC)
The historical genesis of the wikāla-network and the development of its legal foundations with the Imami theory of zakāt and khums

Discussant: Rodrigo Adem (NELC)

Tuesday, November 4 (with the Jewish Studies and Western Mediterranean workshops)

Ryan Szpiech (Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan)
Rethinking ‘Abrahamic’ Communities: Polemical Writing and Comparative Religious Studies

Location TBD

November 6

Nate Miller (NELC)
Tribal Geography: Seasonal Rains, Migration and Trade Patterns in the Poetry of Hudhayl (c. 550–700 CE)

Discussant: Süleyman Dost (NELC)

November 20 (with the Islamic Studies Workshop)

Cam Cross (NELC)
Finding Romance

Discussant: Austin O’Malley (NELC)

Tuesday, November 25 (with the Islamic Studies and Medieval Studies workshops)

Eduardo Manzano (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)
The role of the umma in the institutional configuration of early Islam

Discussant: Tim Gutmann (Div.)

December 4

Anna Hazard (CMES)
Power and Propaganda Written with the Female Image: Depictions of Women in the Post-Revolutionary Iranian Posters

Discussant: TBD

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May 29: Ferenc Csirkes, “Messianic Oeuvres in Interaction: Misattributed Poems by Shah Ismail and Nesimi”

Ferenc Csirkes

University of Chicago (NELC)

“Messianic Oeuvres in Interaction: Misattributed Poems by Shah Ismail and Nesimi”

Discussant: Christopher Markiewicz (University of Chicago, NELC)

Thursday, May 29th 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Avenue

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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May 15: Sam Hodgkin, “Revolutionary Springtimes: Reading Soviet Tajik Poetry, from Ghazal to Lyric”

Sam Hodgkin

University of Chicago (NELC)

“Revolutionary Springtimes: Reading Soviet Tajik Poetry, from Ghazal to Lyric

Discussant: August Samie

Thursday, May 15th 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Avenue

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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March 13: Orit Bashkin, “When Jerusalem and London Mattered to Khanaqin: A Few Comments on Jews in Northern Iraq, 1921-1932″

Orit Bashkin

University of Chicago (Assoc. Prof., NELC)

“When Jerusalem and London Mattered to Khanaqin: A Few Comments on Jews in Northern Iraq, 1921-1932″

Discussant: Annie Greene (University of Chicago, NELC)

Thursday, March 13th 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Avenue

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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