CFP: UChicago Middle East History and Theory Workshop

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is calling for papers for its 2011-2012 calendar year. Submissions from graduate students with dissertation chapters or proposals are especially encouraged.

This workshop serves as a multidisciplinary platform where University 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, North Africa, and Central Asia, and over a time span extending from the advent of Islam to the present. Participants come from a wide range of fields including Middle Eastern Studies, History, Art History, Film, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Political Science, Literary Studies, and Religious Studies. By tying in these different fields, one of the workshop’s main concerns is to 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. Papers are circulated beforehand to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.

The workshop will meet most Fridays in Pick 218 at 4:30. However if this time doesn’t work, we can seek alternative times. Presentations are usually between 30-40 minutes, allowing another half-hour for discussion. Please let us know in which quarter you’d be interested in presenting, and roughly when in the quarter (early, middle, late).

Those who would like to present or would like additional information should contact us at

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