CMES supports research through conferences, symposia, associate memberships, public programming, and publications. In addition to activities formally sponosred by CMES, the center works with the following organziations and interest groups with a Middle East focus.
Ottoman and Turkish Studies: Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Department of History maintain this site. The University of Chicago is considered among the top universities in the world for Ottomon and Turkish Studies.
The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop serves as a multidisciplinary platform where university students and faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences discuss a wide array of academic questions related to the history, societies, culture, and politics of the Middle East. As an area studies workshop, MEHAT accepts papers dealing with this broad range of subjects throughout the geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and over a time span extending from the advent of Islam to the present.