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The Middle East History and Theory Conference, held annually at the University of Chicago, provides a forum for students and faculty in the social sciences and humanities to present a variety of papers treating Middle Eastern and Central Asian art/architecture, literature, society, history and politics from the 7th century to the present.. The papers presented at the conference are organized in parallel panels grouped around intersecting topics of interests. This year, through the organization of panels and the keynote address by Marilyn Booth (U.I.C. Champaign), the conference will also focus on the role of literature and literary imagination in the writing of history. : contribution that addresses or problematizes the divide between literary narratives, popular history, and academic history is particularly encouraged. Papers that tackle other themes and issues are welcome as usual. Graduate students are particularly urged to participate: both individual papers and pre-arranged panels can be accommodated. The deadline for the submission of a one-page abstract and curriculum vitae is FEBRUARY 28th.

Working papers must be received by APRIL 3rd. Please specify if audio/visual facilities are needed when submitting papers to:

Marya T. Green Mercado (mgreen1@uchicago.edu). The conference website can be reached at: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/mehat/conference.html