Conference Schedule

Download the full 2014 MEHAT Conference Schedule here: 2014 MEHAT Program.

Friday, 2 May 2014

*All panel sessions will be held in Stuart Hall*

Session 1 – 1:30PM – 2:50PM

Stuart 102 – Knowledge and Status away from Home: Travel, Mobility, and Scholarship in the Near East (1500-1800)

Stuart 104 – Politics in Action: Power Dynamics in Colonial and Post-Colonial Contexts

Session 2 – 3:00PM – 4:20PM

Stuart 102 – Discourses of Islamic Law and Philosophy

Stuart 104 – Political Narratives and Images in the Modern Middle East

Keynote Address – 5:00PM – 6:30PM, Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 120

Marilyn Booth, Iraq Chair of  Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of  Edinburgh:

“Cairo in Chicago, Chicago in Cairo, 1893: Arab Women, Egyptian Representations, and the World Columbian Exposition”

The keynote address will be followed by a reception in Cox Lounge, Stuart Hall


Saturday, 3 May 2014

*All panel sessions will be held in Stuart Hall*

Breakfast (Stuart Hall) – 7:30AM – 8:30AM

Session 3 – 8:30AM – 9:50AM

Stuart 101 – Media Markets and Museum Arts: Literary Production and Aesthetic Consumption in the Middle Eastern Cultural Sphere

Stuart 102 – Primacy of Place

Stuart 104 – Immediate History of the Arab Turmoil

Stuart 105 – Cultures of East, West and Center: Early Modern Ottoman Performances of State

Session 4 – 10:00AM – 11:20AM

Stuart 101 – Global Perspectives on Salafism and Society

Stuart 102 – Un/Clothing Bodies, Performing Identities and Negotiating Societal Mores

Stuart 104 – Theology, Charisma and Politics between the Two Rivers: From Shi’i Imams to Military Amirs

Stuart 105 – Islamic Mysticism: Exploring Themes of Law, Piety, and Epistemology

Session 5 – 11:30AM – 12:50PM

Stuart 101 – Tensions of History and Anxieties of Modernity in Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature

Stuart 102 – Innovations and Investigations in Islamicate Historiography

Stuart 104 – Faultlines of Middle Eastern Democracies

Stuart 105 – Other Traditions, Other Knowledges: Pushing the Limits of an Anthropology of Islam

Lunch (Stuart Hall) – 12: 50PM – 2:00PM

Session 6 – 2:00PM – 3:20PM

Stuart 101 – Religion, Society and Politics in Medieval Al-Andalus and North Africa

Stuart 102 – The Holy Qur’an: Text and Context

Stuart 104 – Twentieth-Century Islamic Publications and Islamic Thought

Stuart 105 – Traversing Islam: Travelers and Tourists of Islamicate Lands

Session 7 – 3:30PM – 4:50PM

Stuart 101 – The Heavy-Handed State: Modern Nation-building Through Legitimation

Stuart 102 – Commitments and Rhetoric in the Early Twentieth-Century Modernism of South and Central Asia

Stuart 105 – Politics, Justice, and Cultural Intellect of the Ottoman Long Nineteenth Century

*Saturday evening events will be held in Ida Noyes Hall*

Happy Hour – 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Sponsored by the Committee on Central Eurasian Studies

Middle East Music Ensemble Performance – 6:00PM – 6:45PM

Lamb Roast Dinner – 7:00PM
Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Students Association


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