MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Distinguished Lectureship Program

The MESA Lectureship Program is an excellent way to bring an outstanding scholar to speak at your institution. Started in 2003, the Lectureship Program includes speakers who have made major contributions to Middle East studies.

The individuals listed below have agreed to give one lecture in the 2011-2012 academic year on behalf of MESA. Host institutions pay a $1,000 lectureship fee directly to MESA, in addition to the speaker’s travel and lodging expenses.

To Schedule A Lecturer

If you, or an institution you know, would like to arrange a lecture please contact Rose Veneklasen (rose@mesana.org) or 520 626-7133). Please be certain to include which lecturer you would like to invite, and possible dates. In some cases scholars may be willing to speak on topics other than those listed here. The earlier the arrangements are made the better your chance of obtaining the speaker of your choice. Please do not contact lecturers directly.

Suad Joseph

Suad Joseph

Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis

http://anthropology.ucdavis.edu/people/suad-joseph-1/suad-joseph

Suad Joseph is professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Davis. She is the founder of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS).

Sample lecture topics
  • Gender, Family and State in the Middle East
  • Women and Power in the Middle East
  • Representation of Arabs and Muslims in American Media

Fred M. Donner

Fred M. Donner

Fred M. Donner, University of Chicago

http://nelc.uchicago.edu/faculty/donner

Fred Donner is professor of Near Eastern history and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

Sample lecture topics
  • How Islam Began
  • The Historical Background to Modern Islam

Roger Allen

Roger Allen

Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~rallen/

Roger Allen currently serves as Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, a joint-degree program (The College & the Wharton School) for undergraduates.

Sample lecture topics
  • Naguib Mahfouz and his (in)famous novel, Children of Gebelawi (Awlad Haratina)
  • Historical fiction, with special reference to Moroccan novels in Arabic
  • The literary history of the modern Arabic novel.

Beshara Doumani

Beshara Doumani

Beshara Doumani, University of California, Berkeley

http://history.berkeley.edu/faculty/Doumani/

Beshara Doumani is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sample lecture topics
  • The future of the Palestinians
  • History of Women and the Family in the Middle East
  • Academic Freedom after September 11

Shahla Haeri

Shahla Haeri

Shahla Haeri, Boston University

http://www.bu.edu/dbin/womenstudies/faculty.php?name=Haeri

Shahla Haeri is Director of the Women's Studies Program and Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Boston University

Sample lecture topics
  • Crafting Local Democracy: Religion, Women, and the State in Iran
  • Sacred Canopy: Love and Sex Under the Veil
  • Women and Political Agency in Iran

Jane Hathaway

Jane Hathaway

Jane Hathaway, The Ohio State University

http://history.osu.edu/people/view/AllFac/137

Jane Hathaway is Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies in The Ohio State University's Department of History.

Marcia C. Inhorn

Marcia C. Inhorn

Marcia C. Inhorn, Yale University

http://www.yale.edu/anthro/anthropology/Marcia_Inhorn.html

Marica Inhorn is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs and Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.

Sample lecture topics
  • The Public Health Costs of War in Iraq
  • The Public Health Costs of War in Lebanon (or a combination of the two)
  • Reconceiving Middle Eastern Manhood
  • Islam and the Biotechnologies of Human Life
  • Assisting Conception in Global Dubai


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