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
- Humanities Division Calendar of Events
(lists division-wide events)
- University of Chicago Calendar of Events
(lists university-wide events)
2017-18 DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
- Winter 2018: The journal Egypt Today reports on new finds by NELC professor Nadine Moeller
and OI Research Associate Gregory Marouard during excavations at Tel Edfu,
including the discovery of an early administrative complex from 2400-2350 BCE,
the oldest archeological evidence so far found at Tel Edfu. This discovery results
from the work of a joint University of Chicago Egyptian-American Archaeological
Fall 2017: Majalla releases its Fall 2017 issue.
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).
2016-17 DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
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: 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
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. http://mesana.org/awards/malcolm-kerr-dissertation.html
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) http://mesana.org/awards/albert-hourani-book.html. Prof. Varlık also won the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 2016 Fuat Koprulu Book Prize for the same work https://otsa.binghamton.edu/
2016: An interview with Susanne Paulus and Andy Wilent in the Journal of Assyriology: http://mar-shiprim.org/university-of-chicago/