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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.


"Sino-Iranian Relations: A Cordial and Complicated Friendship" with Sina Azodi (online)

September 16th, 2020 - 12:00 P.M. ET


"Cultivating Motherhood: Reconfiguring Natural Childbirth in Turkey" with Ferhan Guloglu (online)

October 21st, 2020 - 12:00 P.M. ET

**Canceled: Will be rescheduled to a final date to-be-determined.


"The Madness of Colonial Egypt" with Sara Pulliam (online)

November 11th, 2020 - 12:00 P.M. ET


"Literary Infrastructure: Networks of Cultural Production, Narratives of Belonging, and Place-Making in Jordan" with Tariq Adely (online)

January 27th, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. ET


"Environmental History of Silk in Mount Lebanon" with Graham Pitts

February 10th, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. ET


"Rethinking Center & Periphery in Syria's Conflict" with Ali Hamdan

March 24th, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. ET


IMES Workshop with Dania Thafer (online)

April 21st, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. ET


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