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Upcoming IMES Events

Don’t miss these upcoming IMES Events


Wednesday February 5, 6pm: Middle East Studies Alumni-Student Networking Reception at the Elliott School. Join fellow Middle East Studies students and alumni for a networking reception at the Elliott School. Hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soda will be provided. For details and to register, visit

Institute for Middle East Studies Scholar Lecture Series

  • Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic with Narges Bajoghli
    • January 23, 5:30pm
  • Film Screening & Discussion: Naila and the Uprising
    • February 6 , 5:30pm
  • The Levant Express: The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East with Micheline Ishay
    • February 27, 5:30pm
  • City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity, and the Making of Modern Kirkuk with Arbella Bet-Shlimon
    • March 26, 5:30pm
  • Intersection of Sex, War, and Sectarianism with Maya Mikdashi
    • April 2, 5:30pm


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Join us at the annual IMES conference on April 17!

This year’s annual conference theme is "Producing the Region: New Directions in Middle East Media and Politics.” It will take place Friday, April 17, 2020.


The media landscape of the Middle East is changing rapidly. Turkish entertainment series are globalizing visions of the region. Netflix started a project of commissioning Arabic original entertainments, charting a new path towards localization of media production. Displaced populations from wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria are creating new digital diasporas, where fractured expressions of nostalgia and witnessing circulate. Media are vital to making the Middle East a lived region of shared and contested meaning. The next IMES annual conference presents cutting-edge research by media scholars who examine this closely.


The genealogy of the idea of the ‘Middle East’ is by now well-rehearsed, and is often criticized as an external imposition that geographically centers the West. However, there is a viable contemporary current of felt belonging, along with an array of existing policies, institutions and other infrastructures of regionality, that makes the Middle East meaningful as an analytical framework that intertwines media and events. 


The conference presenters possess expertise in media studies and the Middle East. They represent a breadth of theoretical interests, methodological approaches and disciplinary backgrounds. Confirmed speakers include: Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania); Narges Bajoghli (Johns Hopkins); Omar al Ghazzi (LSE); Yasmin Moll (University of Michigan); Ziad Fahmy (Cornell University); Elliott Colla (Georgetown); and many others.


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