The annual Middle East History and Theory Conference is organized by the MEHAT Workshop in collaboration with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. It serves as interdisciplinary forum for academic exchange on topics across a wide range of periods and disciplines in the field of Middle Eastern Studies, from Late Antiquity to the present.
This year’s conference featured 27 panels and over 100 presentations on topics ranging from Qur’anic exegesis to consumption patterns in contemporary Iran. We were pleased to welcome Professor Zachary Lockman (New York University) to deliver the conference’s keynote address, entitled “Field Notes.” Other highlights included a Friday lunchtime roundtable, “Historicizing Radicalism in the Middle East”; a reading of poetry and literary selections in honor of Professor Farouk Mustafa (1942-2013) on Friday evening; and a concert by the Middle East Music Ensemble. All conference events were free and open to the public. For details of this year’s program, please see our conference schedule.
Our sponsors included the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the Middle Eastern Studies Students’ Association, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Division of the Humanities, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Council for Advanced Studies.
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