The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship on the Middle East organized by graduate students at the University of Chicago. Our workshop convenes on a biweekly basis during the academic year, and we host an annual international conference in the spring. To receive workshop announcements, papers, and other notices, we invite you to subscribe to our mailing list.

As an area studies workshop, one of our primary aims is to bridge the gap between empirical and theoretical approaches to the study of the Middle East. We welcome papers dealing with a broad range of subjects throughout the geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and over a time span extending from the Late Antique to the present. Participants come from a wide range of fields, including history, anthropology, political theory, comparative literature, religious studies, art history, musicology, linguistics, and philosophy. Our financial support comes from the Council on Advanced Studies at the University of Chicago.

The workshop coordinator for the 2021-2022 academic year is Elif Bozgan. To get involved in the workshop or the conference, or to suggest a co-sponsored event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! For workshop-related inquiries, contact Elif at mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu.

We look forward to working with you!