Middle East Beyond Borders Graduate Student Workshop

Academic Year 2019-2020

Graduate Student Coordinators:
Johannes Makar, jmakar@g.harvard.edu
Armaan Siddiqi, asiddiqi@g.harvard.edu

The Middle East Beyond Borders (MEBB) workshop aims to foster an interdisciplinary community of scholars working on the past and present of the Middle East. It takes as its founding premise the idea that the “Middle East” as an object of inquiry must fundamentally engage notions of boundaries, mobility and transformation. Our goal is to offer a platform for collaboration and discussion to all Middle East scholars at Harvard, across a wide range of academic fields and disciplines.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place from 6:00 - 7:30pm in Barker 114 (room confirmation pending). Kindly email jmakar@g.harvard.edu / asiddiqi@g.harvard.edu to RSVP and receive a draft of the paper prior to the workshop session.

Fall 2019 meetings:

October 7 - Session 1
Speaker: Ari Schriber (PhD Candidate, NELC)
Dissertation chapter: "Colonial Shari`a in Practice: Inheritance, Paternity, and Slavery in Moroccan Legal Pluralism"

October 21 - Session 2 [note: meeting from 6:30 - 8:00pm]
Speaker: Caitlyn Olson (PhD Candidate, NELC)
Dissertation chapter: "Islamic Theology 101: Teaching the Basics in 15th-century Tlemcen"

November 4 - Session 3
Speaker: Youssef Ben Ismail (PhD Candidate, NELC)
Dissertation chapter: "Tunisian merchants and the Ottoman fez trade (1600-1800)"

November 18 - Session 4
Speaker: Rushain Abbasi (PhD Candidate, NELC)
Dissertation chapter: "The Prophet and the Profane: An Inquiry into the Boundaries of Prophetic Authority"

December 2 - Session 5: Prospectus Day
Speaker 1: Myriam Amri (PhD Candidate, Anthropology and CMES)
PhD Prospectus: TBC

Speaker 2: Mitch Bacci (PhD Candidate, History and CMES)
PhD Prospectus: "Narcotics and Public Health in the Late Ottoman and Interwar Eastern Mediterranean"