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MENA Conversations

MENA Conversations are roundtable events designed to connect individual scholars' research projects to urgent avenues of field critique, opening up a vital space for Critical Middle East Studies within the program. We are especially keen to incorporate the voices of scholars who work in fields adjacent to Middle East Studies or that have typically sat at its margins. 


Past MENA Conversations

Winter 2023
Landscapes of Toxicity: Violence, Expertise, and Environmental Justice
Muna Dajani, Lancaster University; Tarik Nejat Dinç, Stanford University; Kali Rubaii, Purdue University; moderated by Ekin Kurtiç, Northwestern University

Fall 2022
Checkpoints: Everyday Policing in the MENA Region
Rema Hammami, Birzeit University; Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College; Omar Sirri, Human Rights Watch; moderated by Mariam Taher, Northwestern University

Winter 2021