The goal of this seminar is to stimulate further faculty and graduate student research in Middle East Studies through presenting in-progress writing, evaluating newly published materials, and hosting colleagues from other institutions. The seminar promotes cross-disciplinary interaction and scholarly community, and it contributes to the objective of building a robust presence for Middle East related research and teaching at the University. The seminar participants are affiliated with programs and departments across UTK’s campus and come from different disciplinary backgrounds, spanning the Middle East and North Africa from ancient history to the modern era. Each participant possesses specialist knowledge, language skills, and methodological approaches to textual and material evidence that can help inform the research of the others. These differences will continue to allow for genuinely interdisciplinary discussions that strengthen the breadth and depth of each participant’s individual work.