News & Events

 Please check the links below for information on the major departmental events and for a calendar of department lectures, workshops, and conferences. We also participate in a lively intellectual scene at the University of Chicago and have a separate set of links below for Humanities Division and University events.  See Department Highlights for recent updates about our faulty and students.


Humanities Division and University Calendars


  • Fall 2017: NELC alum Austin O'Malley's dissertation has been cited for honorable mention by the Foundation for Iranian Studies

  • Fall 2017: NELC alum Esra Tasdelen is now teaching students at North Central College in Naperville, IL about the Middle East. See a video about her work here (Note: Facebook Login Required).

  • Summer 2017: NELC alum Nükhet Varlik wins the 2017 Dionysius A. Agius Prize for her book, Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600 (Cambridge University Press). This is one of several prestigious awards she has recevied for her book (see below).

  • Spring 2017: Prof. Christopher Woods appointed Director of the Oriental Institute

  • Spring 2017: The student-created Arabic language magazine Majalla comes out with its second issue.  Read the UChicago News story, see it refferenced in the UChicago magazine, and read the Majalla magazine itself. 

  • Winter 2017: Alum Hoda Katebi featured in Mother Jones Magazine

  • Winter 2017: Student Nicolas Posegay awarded Gates Cambridge scholarship

  • Winter 2017: Majalla, a student-created Arabic language magazine, launches. Read the UChicago News story, and see the magazine.

  • Fall 2016: Christopher Markiewicz (PhD, NELC 2015) wins Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award from the Middle East Studies Association, for his dissertation: The Crisis of Rule in Late Medieval Islam: A Study of Idris Bidlisi (861-926/1457-1520) and Kingship at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century
    Supervised by Cornell Fleischer.

  • 2016: Nükhet Varlık (PhD, NELC, 2008), now Associate Professor at Rutgers University, Newark wins the 2016 Albert Hourani Book Award (est. 1991) recognizing outstanding publishing in Middle East studies, for her Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600 (Cambridge University Press)  Prof. Varlık also won the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 2016 Fuat Koprulu Book Prize for the same work

  • 2016: An interview with Susanne Paulus and Andy Wilent in the Journal of Assyriology: