Call for Applications - World War I in the Middle East


World War I in the Middle East

Application Deadline: March 4, 2014

We are now accepting applications to "World War I in the Middle East," a four-week seminar to be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from July 6 to August 2, 2014.

On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, we invite scholars of all fields to re-assess its impact on the Middle East. We will discuss current debates about the war's origins, the course of battle, popular suffering from famine and disease, the Armenian genocide, nationalism, and the peace settlements that extended European colonization and sparked new rounds of warfare in the early 1920s. We also aim to inspire more research on this much-neglected theater of the war, especially in areas outside of the Ottoman heartland like Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, and North Africa. Participants will contribute brief reports on their research to our website, which reaches well beyond the seminar. Participants will divide their time in Washington between the seminar and pursuit of their own research at the city's plentiful archives and libraries. Each will receive a stipend to help cover the cost of travel and housing. The seminar's hosts are Mustafa Aksakal of Georgetown University and Elizabeth F. Thompson of University of Virginia. Guest speakers are Eugene Rogan of St. Antony's, Oxford and Salim Tamari of Birzeit University. The seminar is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer

Seminars for College and University Teachers program. Participants must be either faculty teaching American students or holding American citizenship or they can be independent scholars with American citizenship. In addition, two spaces are reserved for graduate students enrolled in American universities. Please see our website for more information:

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