Join us at 4:30pm on September 25 for our inaugural lecture of 2015-16 with Nadine Naber, "Transnational Feminist Predicaments: Gender Justice and State Violence in the Arab Region and its Diasporas"

CMES Friday Lecture: Nadine Naber

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 Winter 2015 Newsletter

The interdisciplinary Master's in Middle Eastern Studies program prepares students for diverse careers through intensive language study and a flexible curriculum. Learn more

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

CMES benefits from its location in one of America's great metropolitan areas. We actively parnter with schools, universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations, cultural groups, and government. Learn more

The Middle East in Chicago

CMES is proud to work with the Center for Arabic Langauge and Culture at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago public school serving grades 7-12. Learn more

CMES Supports K-12 Arabic Instruction in Chicago

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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American Research Institute in Turkey

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

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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Diversity Fellowship Research Statement Workshop

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO | June 29, 2015

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO | June 24, 2015

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO | MAY 12, 2015

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

REGISTER HERE

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Conference on Language in Daghestan

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO | May 15, 2015

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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