Call for Papers: The Middle East History and Theory Workshop at UChicago

A message from Middle East History and Theory Workshop:

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is calling for papers for its 2010-2011 calendar year.  We have an almost-full schedule for the fall, but there is still space open for students to present in the winter and spring quarters.  Submissions from graduate students with dissertation chapters or proposals are especially encouraged.

The MEHAT workshop serves as a multidisciplinary platform where students in the humanities and social sciences can discuss a wide array of academic questions related to the history, culture, societies and politics of the Middle East.

As an area studies workshop, we accept papers dealing with this broad range of subjects throughout the geography of the Middle East and its borderlands, including South and Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and Africa, and over a time span extending from the advent of Islam to the present.  Participants come from a wide range of fields including history, art history, literature and film, translation studies, ethnomusicology, law, anthropology, political science, sociology, and religious studies.  By tying into these various fields, we hope to increase our interdisciplinary fluency and and bridge the existing gap between factual and theoretical approaches to studies of the Middle East.

Presentations usually include dissertation chapters or proposals, works in progress, and discussions of research conducted abroad.  The participant will usually take 30-40 minutes to introduce his or her work, allowing another 45 minutes for comments from the moderator and general discussion.  Papers are pre-circulated a week prior to the workshop on the MEHAT listhost, to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.
The workshop will typically convene every other Thursday at 12:00 in 218 Pick Hall, 5828 S. University.  We also have an alternative time on Friday at 4:00 reserved, so we can hopefully accommodate your schedule.

If you would like to apply, please let us know roughly what month you would like to be scheduled for and we will find a time for you.  If you’re worried that your paper is not quite “good enough,” remember that the workshop is not a lecture series, nor is it a conference.  It is okay to submit work that is still rough around the edges—that’s the whole point of having a workshop, so don’t be shy!

Those who would like to present, or have further inquiries, should contact

We look forward to hearing from you!

–the MEHAT coordinators

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