from MEHAT’s website :
The Middle East History and Theory Workshop serves as a multidisciplinary platform where University students and faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences can discuss a wide array of academic questions related to the history, societies, culture, 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, 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. Graduate student presentations usually include dissertation chapters or proposals, works in progress, and discussions of research conducted abroad. Papers are precirculated to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.
In the spring, we host an international conference with a focus on graduate student work, and usually featuring two keynote addresses by faculty, a performance by the Middle East Music Ensemble, an art and photography exhibition, and the famous lamb roast, sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Students’ Association.