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IMES Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

Until on-campus classes resume we will continue to coordinate workshops for interested faculty and students by using Zoom to hold the workshops remotely. Download zoom for free here.  We hope these workshops will be an opportunity for everyone to remain connected and continue to support one another. If you are not already on the workshop email list and would like to add yourself please email:


The Institute for Middle East Studies hosts a monthly Interdisciplinary workshop series for faculty and PhD students to get feedback on their work-in-progress. If you are a GW faculty member or PhD student and would like to present your work as part of this series please email

The workshop series are an opportunity for faculty and students to engage critically with one another's research projects and build our intellectual community. Submissions can be in various stages of completion (i.e. working papers, R&R’s, grant proposals, a draft article, a conference paper, a detailed research design, a ‘think-piece,’ blog entry, etc). All attendees are asked to review the work before the event and a specific discussant is designated in advance to provide structured remarks on the paper.

If you have any questions about the series please contact us at the email above.

Faculty and students can access workshop papers and zoom meeting information here.


Tea, Sugar, and the Great War in Colonial Morocco with Graham Cornwell


January 29th


Fragmented Belongings: Between Islamic Brotherhood and Anti-Refugee Politics in Turkey with Michael Kaplan


February 26th


It's Good to Be King: Ruler Type and Perceptions of Democracy in Authoritarian Regimes


March 11th


War's Many Geographies: Provincializing the Everywhere War in Syria


March 25th


“Syrian (In)formal Displacement in Lebanon: Displacement as Urbanism, Informality as Architecture” with Ahmad Sukkar (online)


April 22nd


"Emlâk-ı Hümayun: Institutionalizing a Hamidian Property Regime" with Naz Yucel (online)


April 29th


"The Interplay of Populism with Mobilization: Case of Turkey" with Bengi Gumrukcu (online)


May 6th


"Agricultural Apartheid: Land & Water Rights in Palestine, South Africa and Namibia" with Imani Cheers (online)

June 25th - 12:00 P.M. ET

"Temporary Citizens: Disaggregated Rights and Precarity in Jordan" with Lilly Frost (online)

July 9th - 1:00 P.M. ET

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