Institute for Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies Workshop

The Middle East Studies Workshop at The Elliott School's Institute for Middle East Studies brings in leading scholars from a range of disciplines to present a work-in-progress, including drafts of articles, book chapters, and research proposals. The goal of the series, modeled on the successful IGIS, ICSC and Comparative Politics workshops, is to provide a forum for GW faculty and PhD students focused on Middle East studies to engage in a scholarly dialogue with their peers from outside GW. Papers are circulated one week in advance. One PhD student is designated to deliver structured remarks on the manuscript, followed by a free-flowing discussion with all participants. GW students and faculty who participate in the workshop are expected to regularly attend scheduled sessions, and all participants should read the papers in advance. In addition to external invitees, GW faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and advanced graduate students may also present papers. To join the Middle East Studies Workshop, please send a note to Shana Marshall, Associate Director at the Institute for Middle East Studies ( Participants are also encouraged to put forth names of scholars they wish to invite for future workshops.

These workshops are held approximately two times per month. Unless otherwise noted, the workshops will be held from 12:30 noon to 2:00 pm in the IMES Conference Room, located in the Institute for Middle East Studies Suite on the 5th floor of the Elliott School at 1957 E. Street, NW.

The Fall 2015 schedule includes:

Wednesday - October 28, 2015
Yoav Peled and Horit Herman Peled (Tel Aviv University)


The Fall 2014 schedule included:

Thursday - December 11, 2014
Farah Al-Nakib, IMES Visiting Scholar(Anthropology, American University of Kuwait)

Paper: "Kuwait's Modern Era: Between Memory and Forgetting"

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Aaron Jakes, IMES Postdoctoral Fellow (History, NYU)

Paper: "Boom, Bugs, Bust: Ecologies of Interest on Egypt's Commodity Frontier, 1882-1914"

The Spring 2014 schedule included:

Thursday - April 17, 2014
Jon Argaman (PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania)

Paper: "'An International, Green, Connected City: Cairo 2050 and the Politics of Aspirational Planning"

Thursday - February 20, 2014
Kevin Jones (2013-2014 Institute for Middle East Studies Post-doctoral fellow, PhD-University of Chicago)

Paper: "'Come and Defile My Blood:' Poetry, Gender, and the Cultural Politics of National Liberation in Post-Revolutionary Iraq, 1958-1961"

Wednesday - January 29, 2014
Ariel Ahram (Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech School of Public & International Affairs)

Paper: "From Hearts and Minds to Ashes and Mud: Development, Counterinsurgency, and the Destruction of the Iraqi Marshes"

The Fall 2013 schedule included:

Thursday - November 21, 2013
Yael Berda (PhD Candidate, Princeton University)

Paper: "Governing through Emergency: How Population classification and surveillance practices diffused in the British Empire - Stories from India, Cyprus and Mandate Palestine"

Wednesday - October 16, 2013
Dr. Toby Matthiesen (Abdullah al-Mubarak Research Fellow in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge)

Paper: "The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and the Politics of Sectarianism"

Monday - October 14, 2013
Dr. James Toth (New York University-Abu Dhabi)

Paper: "Local Islam Gone Global: The Roots of Religious Militancy in Egypt and its Transnational Transformation"

The Spring 2013 schedule included:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dr. Laura Deeb (Scripps College)

Paper: "The Post-Cold War Politics of Middle East Anthropology"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Dr. Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago)

Paper: "On Sponges and Lost Love: Three Poems and a Few Comments on Iraqi Jewish History"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Dr. Caitlin Talmadge(George Washington University)

Paper: "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? The Future of U.S. Presence in the Persian Gulf"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Dr. Ellen Lust (Yale University)

Paper: "Social Organization, Political Institutions and Electoral Participation in the Arab World"

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Dr. Amaney Jamal (Princeton University)

Paper: "US Military Intervention and the Status of Women in the Arab World"


The Fall 2012 schedule included:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dr. Wendy Pearlman (Northwestern University)

Paper: "Breaking the Barrier of Fear: Emotions and Mobilization in the Arab Uprisings"

Friday, November 2, 2012
Dr. Jason Brownlee (University of Texas at Austin)

Paper: "Economic Redistribution and the United States' Response to the Arab Revolts"

Monday - October 22, 2012
Dr. Sarah Parkinson (George Washington University)

Paper: "Lessons from a Car Thief: Insubordination, Solidarity, and Morality in Wartime Lebanon"

Monday - October 15, 2012
Dr. David Patel (Cornell University)

Paper: "Don't be Square! Diffusion, coordination, and the centrality of public spaces in Arab revolutions"

Monday - September 24, 2012
Dr. Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago)

Paper: "Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria"





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