The 30th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference will take place at the University of Chicago on Friday and Saturday, May 1–2, 2015. We are pleased to invite students and faculty to submit papers for the conference.

As always, we welcome a broad range of submissions from across disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology… or any other topic concerning the Middle East from the advent of Islam to the present day.

Those wishing to participate should send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at by Friday, February 20, 2015. We will accept both individual papers and prearranged themed panels; the latter format is especially encouraged.

Update #1: We are thrilled to announce that the keynote address at the 2015 conference will be delivered by Michael Cook of Princeton University. This will be a great opportunity for students to meet one of the senior scholars in the field.

Update #2: This year we are particularly interested in submissions relating to the fields of modern Arabic literature and Central Eurasian studies. A small number of conference participants with papers in those areas may be eligible to receive a modest travel subsidy.

P.S. If you have any questions or concerns about the process of applying to the MEHAT Conference, please write to us and we will do our best to assist you.


10 Responses to Conference

  1. Ramin Hajian Fard says:

    Dear Sir/ Madam
    As I live in Iran and cannot afford the journey in the case of acceptance, my question is whether is possible to just take part in the conference by only sending the paper, or the researcher must present his/her lecture there?
    Best Regards

  2. Baratova Nuri says:

    Want to participate in your conference with his article on “Small and medium enterprises in the Republic of Tajikistan: problems development and their solutions

  3. tbeers says:

    We require MEHAT Conference participants to attend in person. While we understand that travel may be difficult or even impossible for some graduate students, we feel it is necessary to maintain an environment of interpersonal exchange of ideas at the conference.

  4. tbeers says:

    All graduate students who wish to participate should submit abstracts for their papers, per the instructions above.

  5. heyder says:

    I was graduated last year. can graduated PhD students participate in conference?

  6. heyder says:

    at least how many proposals are needed for a panel?

  7. tbeers says:

    Panels are normally composed of four papers, sometimes three. You could submit a panel abstract with as few as three; and then we might add another separate paper to the panel, if we receive one that fits.

  8. tbeers says:

    Depending upon individual circumstances, we do sometimes allow recent alumni of graduate programs to participate in the conference.

  9. Abdul says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am a Professor Assistance from Saudi Arabia, and I want to participate the conference.
    So, is that possible ? or this just for students.

  10. Ayca M says:

    Hi! When are you going to notify the authors of the abstracts you accepted?

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