Ad Hoc or Co-Sponsored

2017 Apr 07

After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

(All day)


CGIS South, Rm 020, 1730 Cambridge St; Piper Auditorium, Grad School of Design 48 Quincy St

The Aga Khan Program and The Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Series present

AFTER DARK: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula
In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls and the temperatures with it. This symposium explores typologies of nocturnal landscapes common in the Peninsula, and similar hot climates. During this interdisciplinary event, we will ask who uses night-time landscapes and public spaces, what activities are peculiar to the night and ultimately, how to design for life after dark?

If you plan to attend this conference, please register here.

2017 Mar 30

The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions and Approaches to the ‘67 War

(All day)


Williams James Hall, Lecture Hall B1, Lower Level, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a conference

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War, this event seeks to explore new approaches to understand and rethink this pivotal and transformative moment in the history of the modern Middle East. At stake is the search for new sources that can shed light on the war and its long term repercussions for Arab societies.

Organized by: William Granara, Professor of Arabic, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and Khaled Fahmy, Shawwaf Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History; Professor of History, American University of Cairo

2017 Mar 24

(Dis)entangling Global Early Modernities, 1300-1800

(All day)


Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Asia Center, Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard Center for African Studies, Harvard History Department, Harvard Early Modern History Workshop, Harvard Medieval Studies Committee, Harvard Center for History and Economics, Mellon Rare Book School, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs present a conference

Penelope unraveling

This event proposes a new concept—“(dis)entanglement”—in order to provide alternative narratives of the early modern world, 1300-1800. Recent scholarship has emphasized the integrative nature of economic, material, and religious developments. In contrast, we will examine what the “global” could mean in intellectual and cultural interactions in terms of both integration and disintegration across multiple continents and oceans. The conference participants will explore how the notion of “(dis)entanglement” allows us to evoke a polycentric early modern world that is simultaneously connecting and disconnecting.

2017 Mar 21

Habib Sarori, Yemeni novelist

11:30am to 1:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

رحلة في أعماق تجربتي في الكتابة عن اليمن، وعن الحروب الروحية

Habib SaroriSuslov's Daughter
Novelist; University Professor, INSA de Rouen

Please note: this talk will be in Arabic, and it has been moved to 11:30 am.

2017 Mar 16

LOCATION CHANGE: New Visions and Strategies for Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CHANGE: Ctr for European Studies, Lower Level, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar, the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, and the CMES Middle East Forum present

Hilik Bar
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and

Husam Zomlot
Ambassador at large, Palestinian Government

Please note: this talk will be held at the Center for European Studies, Lower Level, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA.

2017 Mar 09

Migration, Immigration, Diaspora

(All day)


Center for European Studies, Lower Level, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard Graduate Conference on International History (Con-IH 17) presents the conference

Migration, Immigration, Diasporamigration

Organized by GSAS graduate students: Tommy Jamison, Rafi Stern, Chloe Bordewitch, Kelly Brignac, Ruodi Duan, Aden Knaap, and Georgia Whitaker

2017 Mar 20

Nowruz Celebration 2017

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave, 3rd Floor

Please join CMES, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Harvard Semitic Museum for a Nowruz Celebration. 

Nowruz is a Persian New Year celebration, celebrating spring. 

2017 Feb 28

Governing the Family through Religion: Family and Religious Counseling Bureaus and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey

4:00pm to 5:30pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

CMES and the Seminar on Turkey in the Modern World present

Hikmet Kocamaner
Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please note: this talk takes place on a Tuesday at 4 pm at CMES, Rm 102

2017 Feb 27

POSTPONED: Mechanizing the Flow: Machines and Politics on the Nile before the British Occupation

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The CES/CMES Colonial Encounters Working Group presents

Casey PrimelCasey Primel
Volkswagen Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University

March 7: this event has been rescheduled to April 17; click here for more information.

Feb 24: this event has been postponed; a new date will be announced soon.