Workshop Schedule – Fall 2015

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) welcomes you back for another year.  We are pleased to announce our schedule for Fall 2015.

All meetings will be held from 12-1:30pm in Pick 218 unless otherwise noted. Pizza will be served.

Papers will be circulated a week before the workshop meeting via our listserv. If you have any questions, please contact


October 1 Dr. Ghenwa Hayek (NELC)

“Rabī‘ Jābir’s Bayrūt trilogy: Recovering an Obscured Urban History”

October 15 – Tunç Şen (NELC)

“Astrology and Politics in the early modern Ottoman almanacs (taqwīms)”

Discussant: Carlos Grenier (History)

October 29 – Theo Beers (NELC)

“The Career of Sam Mirza in the Age of Tahmasb”

Discussant: Drew DeRouin (NELC)

November 12 – Marshall Watson (CMES)

“Nablus from Empire to Mandate, 1914-1927″

Discussant: Sami Sweis (NELC)

November 19 – Nathan Miller (NELC)

*Co-Sponsored with the Islamic Studies Workshop*

Location TBA, 12-1:30pm

December 3 – Ida Nitter (CMES)

“Arab Intellectuals’ Responses to Orientalist Discourses in the 19th and 20th Centuries”

Discussant: Chelsie May (NELC)

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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 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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