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 Mondays from 6:00 - 7:30pm in Barker 114. 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"

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Spring 2020 meetings:

Feb 10: Dr. Kathryn Schwartz (Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst)
Paper title: Enjoining the Public to Strengthen the Province through Learning: An Emerging Government’s Spread of Printed Books, 1820s-1840s.

Feb 24: Dr. Mariam Sheibani (Visiting Fellow, Program in Islamic Law, HLS)
Paper title: Chapter 2: Damascus Restored: Shāfiʿism in 5th/11th and 6th/12th Century Damascus

Mar 9: Chloe Bordewich (PhD Candidate, HMES)
Paper title: A Leak on the Halfa Line: Arguing the Power and Perils of Public Information

Mar 30: Laura Thompson (PhD Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion)
Paper title: Jewish Minorities, Muslim Ascendancy, and Foreign Pressure: The 1857 Trial of Batto Sfez in Tunis

Apr 13: Dr. Ridha Moumni (Tunisia Postdoctoral Fellow, CMES)
-- contact coordinators for paper and Zoom link
Paper title: TBD

Apr 27: Janan Delgado (PhD Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion)
-- contact coordinators for paper and Zoom link
Paper title: Child Custody Doctrine in al-Andalus, 11th – 15th c.