Explore the place of soccer across and beyond the Middle East. Screenings will be held on Wednesdays at 5pm in Pick 016 during the winter quarter. Learn more

Soccer Culture in the Middle East Documentary Series

Gil Hochberg will present "Between Visibility and Invisibility: On the Visual Politics of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine" on Friday, February 12 at 4:30pm in Stuart 105.

CMES Friday Lecture: Gil Hochberg

K-12 and post-secondary educators can now register for a new professional development workshop on the Mediterranean region in global history. Click here for workshop information and registration

Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean: A World History Curriculum Workshop for Educators

We invite graduate students from all departments to submit academic papers related to Middle Eastern Studies. Submissions from all relevant disciplinary approaches and subject areas are encouraged. Learn more

Call for Papers: Winter 2016 Issue of Lights

Along with the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and the Newberger Hillel Center, CMES invites you to join us on Tuesdays in the winter quarter at Doc Films. Learn more

Eyes Wide Open: Politics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Israeli Film

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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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in or applying to a full-time program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies. CMES offers FLAS awards in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek. Application materials are available through UChicago Grad.

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Winter 2016 Course Listing

Click below to see our course listing for the upcoming Winter Quarter!

Winter 2016 Course Descriptions.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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