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Conference Registration Deadline: 2016 UNC-Duke Consortium for Middle East Studies

February 15, 2016

2016 UNC-Duke Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference: WWI & The Transformation of the Middle East

Friday, February 19 | 6:00-8:15pm
Saturday, February 20 | 9:00am-5:30pm
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center

This short conference will explore the consequences of World War I in the region, focusing on the creation of this new state system and the new exclusionary identities. Postwar borders and states are being contested today more than at any time over the past century, as groups like al-Qaeda seek to redefine membership and ISIS/Daesh works to reconfigure the regional map. This conference brings much-needed historical context to today’s struggles over belonging, identities, and the map of the Middle East. For featured speakers, the schedule and more, please click here.


The Keynote on Friday, February 19 will feature performer, composer, and Professor of Ethnomusicologist at UCLA, A.J. Racy. In this concert, Professor Racy will perform on a variety of musical instruments from the Arab World, including the nay (reed flute), buzuq (long necked lute), ‘ud (short necked lute), and others. Illustrating the shared features and the regional differences in the music, Dr. Racy will also reflect on the collective memories of World War I in his Lebanese village of birth.

This conference is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Please register by February 15.

For information regarding free registration, featured speakers, the schedule and more, please visit

Contact Emma Harver at or 919-962-6732 with questions.

Co-Sponsored by: Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, Duke Islamic Studies Center, UNC Performing Arts Special Activities Fund, UNC Department of History, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES), Carolina Asia Center, UNC Department of Music, UNC Department of Asian Studies, UNC Department of Geography, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC Curriculum in Global Studies, UNC Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, UNC Department of Religious Studies, Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics with support from the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund.


February 15, 2016