Middle Eastern Studies Seminar


Meeting from Fall 2009 to Spring 2012, the Princeton University Middle Eastern Studies Seminar provided scholars of the Middle East from across various Princeton University (PU) departments with a platform for exchanging ideas across disciplinary boundaries. Participants came from the departments of Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Near Eastern Studies, Politics, Sociology, Religion, and the Woodrow Wilson School; to make this seminar as inclusive as possible, areas covered included the Middle East and North Africa as well as other Islamic communities and countries. The seminar met four times a semester. PU professors and post-doctoral researchers presented a paper; discussion was open to PU graduate and undergraduate students who specialized in the Middle East as well as to the PU community in general and the public.

Beginning in Fall 2013, the Seminar was merged with the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series and now meets twelve times a semester.

For more information, contact Cyrus Schayegh, [email protected]

Previous PU Middle East Seminar Lectures

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:30–6:00p.m., 102 Jones Hall:
Elvire Corboz: “An Ayatollah in Exile: The Transnational History of Khomeini’s Islamic Revolutionary Movement”

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:30–6:00p.m., 102 Jones Hall:
John Bornemann: “Daydreaming, Intimacy, and the Intersubjective Third in Fieldwork Encounters in Syria”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 4:30–6:00p.m., 102 Jones Hall:
Hoda Youssef: “Fiscal Policy Manipulation in Non-democratic Regimes - The Case of Egypt”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 4:30–6:00p.m., 102 Jones Hall:
Cyrus Schayegh: “Connecting the Dots: A Regional History of the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Transjordan), 1918–1948.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 4:30–6:00p.m., 102 Jones Hall:
On Barak: “Out-dating: Telegraphy and the Eclipse of the Hijri Calendar”

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 4:30–6:00p.m., 102 Jones Hall:
Eckart Woertz: “Arab Food, Water and the Big Gulf Landgrab that Wasn’t.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 430-6PM, 102 Jones Hall:
Andrew Kerim Arsan: Towards a Global History of the Intellectual: Eastern Mediterranean Literati in the World, c.1900-1920

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 430-6PM, 102 Jones Hall:
Lawrence Rosen: Parallel Worlds: 'Shadow' Law and Political Culture in Morocco

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 430-6PM, East Pyne 010:
Max Weiss: Happiness and Histories of Emotion in the Modern Middle East

Wednesday December 8, 2010, 430-6PM, East Pyne 010:
Ben White: 'Separatist Rebels' and 'Sons of the Country': the Question of Separatism in French Mandate Syria

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 430-6PM, East Pyne 010:
Amaney Jamal: Of Empires and Citizens: Authoritarian Persistence in the Arab World

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 430-6PM, East Pyne 010:
Michael Barry: Allegorical Images of Islamic Philosophy in Medieval and Renaissance European Art

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 430-630PM, 010 East Pyne:
Michael Laffan: "When is a Jawi Jawi: A short note on Pieter Sourij's "Maldin" and his Minang student "Sayf al-Rijal" 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 430-630PM, 008 Friend:
Senem Aslan: "Governing Areas of Dissidence: Nation-Building and Ethnic Movements in Turkey and Morocco".

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 430-630PM, 010 East Pyne: Molly Greene:"Mediterranean Fraud or What Happens at Sea Stays at Sea"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 430-630PM, 010 East Pyne:
Jacob Shapiro: The Politics of Militancy: Evidence from Pakistan

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 430-630PM, 010 East Pyne:
Pascal Menoret: Urban delinquency and religious revival in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 430PM-630PM, 008 Friend:
Mirjam Kuenkler: The Special Courts of the Clergy (Dadgah-e Vizheh-ye Ruhaniyyat) and the Repression of Dissident Clergy in post-revolutionary Iran

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 430-630PM, 010 East Pyne:
Heath Lowry: Recognizing 14th century Ottoman realities: 'Oh by the way, we are here to stay': the Ottoman pattern of conquest in the Balkans

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 430-630PM, 008 Friend:
Mark Cohen: Modern myths of Muslim anti-Semitism