Middle East and North Africa Workshop



Sponsored by the Middle East Institute with the support of MESAAS, the MENA workshop provides a forum for Ph.D. students from any department working in the field of Middle Eastern Studies to present conference papers or dissertation chapters for discussion among a group of faculty and fellow students.

This interdisciplinary workshop is intended for graduate students working on any aspect of Middle Eastern and/or North African studies, to discuss their research and writing, and particularly to serve as a forum for students to present works-in-progress from their dissertations and to receive constructive feedback from students and from faculty. Each session, a group of fellow graduate students, faculty and other workshop participants will discuss a pre-circulated paper offering commentary, discussion and constructive advice for further research and revision. The papers will be distributed one week prior to each session, via the MENA listserv.

 The workshop meets approximately twice a month throughout the semester, on Mondays from 12-2:00, in Knox 208. Each session will begin with lunch (courtesy of Columbia's Middle East Institute) from 12-12:30, to be followed by the paper discussion from 12:30-2:00. The conversation will begin with some brief comments by a discussant, before opening up to the entire workshop for discussion.

If you are at all interested in presenting a paper, participating as a discussant or just attending the workshop and joining in the discussion please send an email to Farbod Honarpisheh (fh2180@columbia.edu) or Abeer Shaheen (as3110@columbia.edu). If you have any questions about scheduling, presenting, participation or anything else about the workshop, do not hesitate to contact us.

Schedule and contact information are listed below:

MENA Contacts

Farbod Honarpisheh (fh2180@columbia.edu)

Abeer Shaheen (as3110@columbia.edu)

Fall 2013 MENA Schedule

Dates Times Presenter/Topic
October 21, 2013
12:00 – 2:00 Owen Miller/ History Department
Topic: Armenian Minority in Turkey
November  11, 2013
12:00 – 2:00 Ihab Daqaq/ School of Social Work
Topic: Feminist Movement in Palestine
December 2, 2013
12:00 – 2:00 Casey Primel/ MESAAS
Topic: TBA