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Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series


Fall 2020

Talks are usually scheduled for 3pm on Friday afternoons and require registration 24 hours before the event. Please check individual talk webpage for date/time/location details as they may change. We are still finalizing the Fall schedule, so check back here for updated information.

Talks are co-sponsored by CMES and MENAS.


From Slavery to Freedom: The Challenges of Female Slaves in Iran

Presenter: Behnaz Mirzai, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Brock University, Canada

Friday, August 28th


Ta’al Bachir (Come Tomorrow): The Politics of Waiting for Citizenship

Presenter: Noora Lori, Assistant Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Thursday, September 10th


The Making and Unmaking of the African Community of Ottoman Izmir, 1870-1922

Presenter: Michael Ferguson, Affiliate Assistant Professor, History, Concordia University

Friday, October 23rd


Title TBD

Topic: Modern History of Afro-Turks

Presenter: Nikki Brown, Professor of History University of Kentucky

Friday, October 30th


Title TBD

Topic Public Health Panel on Area Studies (as a part of the Center for Latin American Studies Charla con Café Series)

Laura Goffman, Assistant Professor, MENAS, University of Arizona
Stefanie Graeter, Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies, University of Arizona

Friday, November 6th, 1-2:30 Tucson time


Title TBD

Topic: History of Slavery in the Middle East

Presenter: Eve Troutt Powell, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Friday, November 13th


Visit the MENAS Colloquium Series archives.


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