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Middle East Studies

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.

Fall 2016

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Alison Vacca
    “THE INFAMOUS BULL: Bughā’s Campaigns and the Study of Identity and Empire in the Medieval Caucasus”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • Friday October 28, 2016
    1:00-2:00 P.M.
    Andrew Kurt (Clayton State University)
    “Malleable Boundaries in the Medieval Horn of Africa: War and So Much More”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall
  • Tuesday December 13, 2016
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Krista Wiegand and Matthew Buehler
    “Spanish Enclaves in Morocco: Nationalism and Domestic Politics”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall

Spring 2017

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Manuela Ceballos
    “Theorizing Boundaries: Rethinking the Narrative of Convivencia
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (2nd floor)
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.

    Drew Paul
    “Forced Migration and Fantasies of Return in Palestinian Cinema: When I Saw You (Annemarie Jacir, 2012) and Gate of the Sun (Yousry Nasrallah, 2003)”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (2nd floor)

  • Friday, April 7, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.

    Harrison Akins
    “Opening the Black Box of Intra-Ethnic Conflict: Elite Capture and Terrorism.”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall (1st floor)

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    TBA
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F301 Melrose Hall (3rd floor)
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    TBA
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (2nd floor)
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    TBA
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (2nd floor)
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
    TBA
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (2nd floor)

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