February 7: Maya Mikdashi, Department of Anthropology. Paper title: Sex and Sectarianism: Recognition and the Disarticulation of Maddhab/Sect and Sex/Gender in Lebanon
February 21: Kristy Riggs, Department of Music. Paper title: Music for Military Campaigns, Mahdis and Minority Insurrections
March 7: Mimi Hanaoka, Department of Religion. Paper (working) title: Umma and identity in early Islamic Persia: Dreams as tools of legitimation and prophecy
March 28: Rehenuma Asmi, Department of Anthropology and Education. Paper Title: "Qatar's Arabic Catch-22: An Arab Revolution with an English Twist," from her (working-titled) dissertation "In Search of Arabic: Language Ideology and Education Reform in Qatar"
April 11: Kaveh Niazi, MESAAS. Will present a selection from his dissertation entitled "A Comparative Study of Qutb al-din Shirazi's Texts and Models on the Configuration of the Heavens"
May 2: Linda Sayed, MESAAS. Will present a selection from her (working-titled) dissertation, "Becoming Lebanese: The Fashioning of Modern Lebanese Shi'a Citizens and Families under the French Mandate, 1918-1943"