Join us for a discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Richard on Tuesday, June 8 at 4pm in the Social Sciences Tea Room.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Richard Visits CMES

CMES welcome Hazem Azmy, who will present, "We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident? Egyptian Theatre in the Post-Revolutionary Landscape" in Saieh Hall, Room 146 at 4:30pm on Friday, May 29. Learn more

2nd Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture with Hazem Azmy

Join 3CT and CMES on May 7 at 5pm in Saieh 021 for a discussion on regional politics, the apparent deepening of sectarian affiliations, proxy war(s), the legacy of US intervention in the region, and more. Event detail

Workshop: Reflections on the Contemporary Middle East

Jenny White (Boston University) will present "The Turkish Complex: Bigman, Hero, Traitor" on Friday, April 24 at 5pm. Learn more

Spring 2015 Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture with Jenny White

The 30th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 1–2, 2015. Prof. Michael Cook of Princeton University will deliver the keynote address. Learn more

30th Annual MEHAT Conference

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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Diversity Fellowship Research Statement Workshop


Monday, June 29, 10:00-11:00 AM, Cobb 102

This workshop is led by Valerie Levan, Fellowship Proposal Specialist in UChicagoGRAD.    

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Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop


Wednesday, June 24, 12:00-1:00 PM, Cobb 301

This workshop is led by Valerie Levan, Fellowship Proposal Specialist in UChicagoGRAD.

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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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Conference on Language in Daghestan


Please join us Friday, May 15, for a conference on "Language in Daghestan"

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ottoman and/or Modern Modern Middle East History

The Department of History at Rice University in Houston, Texas invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Ottoman and/or modern Middle East history. This fellowship is renewable for a second year upon successful completion of the first year. In addition to research, the successful candidate is expected to teach 2 courses per academic year and to participate in the intellectual life of the department and other units on campus.

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