Co-organized by CMES Director Hakan Karateke, this symposium will explore the status of foreigners and members of marginalized subcultures in the Ottoman era. Learn more

Xenophobia and Alterophobia in the Ottoman Empire, October 22-23

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies marks its 50th anniversary in 2015-2016. Join us for special programming throughout the year to celebrate our legacy as a national leader in Middle Eastern studies.

CMES Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On September 25, Nadine Naber presented our first Friday Lecture of 2015-2016, "Transnational Feminist Predicaments: Gender Justice and State Violence in the Arab Region and its Diasporas"

CMES Friday Lecture: Nadine Naber

University of Chicago Campus

A wide selection of Middle Eastern studies courses are available from departments throughout the University in fall 2015. Learn more

Fall 2015 Course List

The cultural significance of the Turkic languages of Central Asia, ISIS persecution of Iraq's Yazidi minority, Egypt's political transformation since the removal of Mohamed Morsi, and updates on Center initiatives. Click here to view and download

CMES 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to CMES

Welcome to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago. As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports research, teaching, and outreach across a wide range of disciplines. CMES administers the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, a dynamic interdisciplinary degree whose alumni span diverse fields from academia to government service. Through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, the Center works to maintain the University of Chicago's singular reputation as a leader in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Regular conferences and lectures present cutting-edge research on Middle Eastern history, society, and culture. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) works with K-12 institutions, community colleges, business, media, and government to share campus expertise with the wider public.

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Xenophobia and Alterophobia in Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO | October 22-23, 2015

A Symposium organized by Hakan T. Karateke (University of Chicago); Helga Anetshofer (University of Chicago), and Erdem Çıpa (University of Michigan)

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CMES Orientation Week: Sept. 21-25, 2015

Schedule of Events and Sessions
Monday, September 21

10:00 AM:      Director’s breakfast reception for incoming CMES students, CMES Lounge, Pick 2052:00 PM:      Writing workshop for incoming CMES students led by preceptor Monica Phillips, Pick 218

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Autumn Quarter 2015 Course Listing

The listing for CMES courses or courses related to to the Middl East are now available! Please click the link below.

Course Listing 2.xlsx.pdf

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American Research Institute in Turkey


The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2016-2017 fellowship programs for U.S.-based students and scholars: 

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships 2016-2017


Information session: Tuesday, May 12 from 12:30-1:45 PM in Regenstein Library, Room A-11 (Lower Level)


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