Workshop Schedule – Winter 2016

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) is pleased to announce our schedule for Winter 2016.

All meetings will be held from 12-1:20pm in Pick 218 unless otherwise noted. Pizza will be served.

Papers will be circulated a week before the workshop meeting via our listserv. If you have any questions, please contact mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu.

January 7 – Tolga Cora (NELC)

“Ottomanism in Practice: Armenian Notables and Imperial Reform in the 1860s and 1870s”

Discussant: Dr. Hakan Karateke (NELC)

January 21 – Chelsie May (NELC)

“Intersectionality, Belonging and the Immigration of Arab Jewish Women: Reading Louise Cohen, Shoshana Levy, and Shoshana Almoslino between Iraq and Israel”

Discussant: Kara A. Peruccio (NELC)

February 4 – Atoor Lawandow (Cornell NES)

“‘Alī Āzād Bilgrāmī and the Expression of Affinity to Homeland before “Modernity”

Discussant: Annie Greene (NELC)

February 18 – Ekin Enacar (NELC)

Title TBA

Discussant: Maddy Elfenbein (NELC)

February 25 Dr. Marion Katz (NYU)

March 3 – Aamir Bashir (NELC)

“Early Development of Sunni Fiqh: A Study of Role played by Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Shaybani (d. 805)”

Discussant: Amir Toft (NELC)

March 8 – “The Provinces Strike Back”

Speakers: Basil Salem (History), Annie Greene (NELC), Tolga Cora (NELC), and Varak Ketsemanian (CMES)

 

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12/3/15 – Ida Nitter

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Thursday, December 3rd, at 12:00 Noon in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Ida Nitter (CMES) who will present her paper entitled“Going to the West: Responses to Orientalists in the Travels of the Fārīyaq, Īsā ibn Hishām, and the Pāshā.” The discussant is Chelsie May (NELC).

The paper will be circulated via our listserv. If possible, please try to read it in advance for informed discussion.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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11/12/15 – Marshall Watson

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Thursday, November 12th, at 12:00 Noon in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Marshall Watson (CMES) who will present his paper entitled“Nablus from Revolution to War: Ihsan al-Nimr and his Local History.” The discussant is Sami Sweis (NELC).

The paper will be circulated via our listserv. If possible, please try to read it in advance for informed discussion.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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10/29/15 – Theo Beers

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Thursday, October 29th, at 12:00 Noon in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Theo Beers (NELC) who will present his paper entitled “Sam Mirza’s Biography and Its Sources.” The discussant is Drew DeRouin (NELC).

The paper will be circulated via our listserv. If possible, please try to read it in advance for informed discussion.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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10/15/15 – Tunç Şen

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Thursday, October 15th, at 12:00 Noon in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Tunç Şen (NELC) who will present his dissertation chapter entitled “Chronicling the Past, Mirroring the Present, Divining the Future: Taqwims (Almanac-prognostications) in the early modern Ottoman context.” The discussant is Carlos Grenier (History).

The paper will be circulated on Sunday, October 11th via our listserv. If possible, please try to read the paper in advance for informed discussion.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Workshop Schedule – Fall 2015

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) welcomes you back for another year.  We are pleased to announce our schedule for Fall 2015.

All meetings will be held from 12-1:30pm in Pick 218 unless otherwise noted. Pizza will be served.

Papers will be circulated a week before the workshop meeting via our listserv. If you have any questions, please contact mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu.

 

October 1 Dr. Ghenwa Hayek (NELC)

“Rabī‘ Jābir’s Bayrūt trilogy: Recovering an Obscured Urban History”

October 15 – Tunç Şen (NELC)

“Chronicling the Past, Mirroring the Present, Divining the Future: Taqwims (Almanac-prognostications) in the early modern Ottoman context”

Discussant: Carlos Grenier (History)

October 29 – Theo Beers (NELC)

“Sam Mirza’s Biography and Its Sources”

Discussant: Drew DeRouin (NELC)

November 12 – Marshall Watson (CMES)

“Nablus from Revolution to War: Ihsan al-Nimr and his Local History”

Discussant: Sami Sweis (NELC)

November 19 – Nathan Miller (NELC)

“Hudhayl: The Conversion of a Tribe”

*Co-Sponsored with the Islamic Studies Workshop*

Location Swift Hall 201, 12-1:30pm

December 3 – Ida Nitter (CMES)

“Going to the West: Responses to Orientalist Tropes in the Travels of the Fāriyāq, ̔ Isā ibn Hishām, and ̔ Ismā`īl”

Discussant: Chelsie May (NELC)

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2015-16 Call for Papers

The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2015-16 academic year. We aim to provide a forum for graduate students to present new work, receive feedback, and generate discussion across disciplines. We are eager to hear from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, musicologists, linguists, theologians, and political scientists whose work engages with the Middle East, defined broadly to include the Mediterranean, North and West Africa, and South and Central Asia, over a span of time extending from Late Antiquity and the advent of Islam to the present.

Drafts of dissertation proposals, chapters, and master’s theses are especially welcome, along with other works in progress. Papers are generally circulated a week prior to the workshop on the MEHAT listserv to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion.

Please email abstracts to mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu if interested. Our fall meeting dates are tentatively scheduled for October 1, October 15, October 29, November 12, and December 3. We will also be placing papers during Winter and Spring Quarters. Please indicate in which quarter you would prefer to present, and we will try to accommodate your request.

The workshop will meet on alternate Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:30 PM in Pick 218. There will always be pizza.

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MEHAT workshop schedule for fall 2014

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop fall schedule
All meetings scheduled for 12:00–1:30 in Pick 218 unless otherwise noted

October 23

Ed Hayes (NELC)
The historical genesis of the wikāla-network and the development of its legal foundations with the Imami theory of zakāt and khums

Discussant: Rodrigo Adem (NELC)

Tuesday, November 4 (with the Jewish Studies and Western Mediterranean workshops)

Ryan Szpiech (Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan)
Rethinking ‘Abrahamic’ Communities: Polemical Writing and Comparative Religious Studies

Location TBD

November 6

Nate Miller (NELC)
Tribal Geography: Seasonal Rains, Migration and Trade Patterns in the Poetry of Hudhayl (c. 550–700 CE)

Discussant: Süleyman Dost (NELC)

November 20 (with the Islamic Studies Workshop)

Cam Cross (NELC)
Finding Romance

Discussant: Austin O’Malley (NELC)

Tuesday, November 25 (with the Islamic Studies and Medieval Studies workshops)

Eduardo Manzano (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)
The role of the umma in the institutional configuration of early Islam

Discussant: Tim Gutmann (Div.)

December 4

Anna Hazard (CMES)
Power and Propaganda Written with the Female Image: Depictions of Women in the Post-Revolutionary Iranian Posters

Discussant: TBD

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May 29: Ferenc Csirkes, "Messianic Oeuvres in Interaction: Misattributed Poems by Shah Ismail and Nesimi"

Ferenc Csirkes

University of Chicago (NELC)

“Messianic Oeuvres in Interaction: Misattributed Poems by Shah Ismail and Nesimi”

Discussant: Christopher Markiewicz (University of Chicago, NELC)

Thursday, May 29th 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Avenue

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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May 15: Sam Hodgkin, "Revolutionary Springtimes: Reading Soviet Tajik Poetry, from Ghazal to Lyric"

Sam Hodgkin

University of Chicago (NELC)

“Revolutionary Springtimes: Reading Soviet Tajik Poetry, from Ghazal to Lyric

Discussant: August Samie

Thursday, May 15th 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Avenue

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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