Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Workshop & Lecture Series

Ancient Near East Lecture Series

organized by Na'ama Pat-El

Brown Bag Lecture Series

graduate student-organized 

Each semester the Department of Middle Eastern Studies hosts multiple lectures through which Ph.D. students can present their latest research. Brown Bag Lectures serve to bring our MES and UT communities together around emerging scholarship. Presenters have the opportunity to engage as an active audience and workshop their ideas in a supportive environment. Speakers have given talks on a wide range of topics, including gothic Hebrew literature, pre-Islamic Yemen, Iranian video distribution, and language use in Arabic and Turkish literature. We welcome participation across disciplines related to Middle Eastern Studies.


Historical Linguistics Roundtable

organized by Na'ama Pat-El  and Patience Epps

The Historical Linguistics Round Table offers scholars and students across campus an opportunity to present their research, discuss others' work, and exchange ideas with linguists with similar interests. The group meets several times a semester and everyone is welcome.


The Iran Series

organized by Kamran Aghaie 




The Islamic Studies Book Club

organized by Hina Azam and graduate student assistants

The Islamic Studies Book Club meets to discuss readings that focus on a centralized topic chosen for the semester. Book club meetings are open to the UT community.


The Islamic Studies Colloquium

organized by Hina Azam and Stephennie Mulder

The Islamic Studies Colloquium is an opportunity for graduate students and faculty from across the University to present research on the study of Islam and the Muslim world. Colloquium meetings aim to provide presentation experience and constructive feedback on work in progress, as well as to foster discussion and a sense of cohort among the Islamic studies community on campus. Meetings are open to all UT community, and light refreshments may be served.



Middle East Film Series

sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Austin Film Society

Films from the Middle East can open our hearts, minds, and form an understanding of a region that we only experience in newscasts. For nearly 15 years, AFS has been presenting a selection of recent films that shine a light on diverse people and perspectives. Screenings include guest speakers from CMES and artist talks. 


The Turkish & Ottoman Lecture Series

organized by  Jeannette Okur 

The Turkish & Ottoman Studies Lecture Series is an interdisciplinary lecture series that carries out the Center for/Department of Middle Eastern Studies’ mission of actively encouraging students, faculty and community members to work comparatively across and beyond national boundaries. The series fosters interdisciplinary outreach across campus and into the community through cross-listed and co-funded events that have curricular, scholarly, or performance content advertised in at least two departments, and that is attended by a wide variety of students, faculty, and Austin community members.  Since 2013, the series has featured guest speakers in the fields of literature, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, ethnomusicology, cinema studies, migration studies, and international relations/public policy studies.   


Workshop on Late Antiquity

organized by Jonathan Kaplan and the Department of Religious Studies 




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