Overview of FHGPA to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan


Fri, 09/23/2022 - 3:00pm


Part of the Fall 2022 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Dr. Austin O'Malley, Assistant Professor, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, UA

headshot Dr. Austin O'Malley

Dr. Julie Ellison-Speight, Associate Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UA

headshot Dr. Julie Ellison-Speight


In this talk, Drs. Austin O'Malley and Julie Ellison-Speight will discuss their Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad trip that they led to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They will be sharing photos and major takeaways from their time abroad.


Austin O’Malley, the Roshan Institute Assistant Professor of Persian and Iranian Studies, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2017. His research centers on the rhetoric, didacticism, and reception of pre-modern Sufi literature, and he is currently pursuing a book project that examines the poetry of Farid al-Din ʿAttar from an audience-centered, rhetorical perspective. Other ongoing projects include an investigation into the fictionality and truth of allegorical dream visions, an exploration of how hagiographical writing was adapted to meet the spiritual needs of changing audiences and work on an optical character recognition engine for the digitization of Persian texts. At the University of Arizona, he teaches courses on the literature, culture, and history of Iran and the wider Middle East. Before coming to Tucson, he was a Junior Fellow at the Martin Marty Institute at the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Lecturer of Persian at Northwestern University.
Julie Ellison-Speight is the University of Arizona Associate Director of the Title VI Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Julie received her PhD in Near Eastern Studies with a focus on the Iranian women's movement. Julie managed the Afghan Cultural Heritage Program, which was a distance-learning project that was jointly funded by the US Department of State and the National Park Service. In November 2018, she presented at the Middle East Studies Association on “Lessons learned from distance teaching in two US-MENA projects.”

This event will be held in-person in Marshall 490 and will be available via Zoom. Click here to register.

 Masks are recommended.

To request disability-related accommodations that would ensure your full participation in this event, please contact: jellison@arizona.edu