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The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University was created in 1966 to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern and contemporary Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the region. The Kevorkian Center's activities focus on the histories, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages of the area stretching from North Africa to Central Asia, and on the historical processes that have shaped the present.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.

    Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings

    Deen Sharp, Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
    Claire Panetta, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
    Ahmed Kanna, Anthropology, University of the Pacific
    Julie Mehretu, Artist
    With the Urban Democracy Lab and the Department of Anthropology

  • Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.

    A Contemporary Perspective on Arabic Medieval Philosophy

    Ali Benmakhlouf, Philosophy, University Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne
    With La Maison Française, the Department of French, and the Department of Comparative Literature

  • Thursday, October 6, 5:00 p.m.

    Equality and Revolution in Cold War Iran

    Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, History, University of Toronto
    Sponsored by the Iranian Studies Initiative

  • Friday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.

    "Taskafa, Stories of the Street"

    a film by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, (2013, 66 min)
    Ilker Hepkaner, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, NYU
    Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
    With the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture

  • Saturday, October 15, 8:30 p.m.

    "Yallah! Underground"

    a film by Farid Eslam (UK, 2015, 85 min)
    With the Center for Religion and Media as part of the AMNH Margaret Mead Film Festival

  • Monday, October 17, 5:00 p.m.

    Queer in Translation

    Sexual Politics and Neoliberal Islam in Turkey
    Evren Savci, Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University

  • Thursday, October 20, 12:30 p.m.

    Mining the Archive

    A Conversation on Anti-Arab & Islamophobic Visual Culture
    Bernice Shaheen
    Jack Shaheen, Near Eastern Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, NYU
    Marina Budhos, Novelist, Watched
    Salah Hassan, Arab American and Muslim American Studies, Michigan State University
    With the Asian/Pacific/American Institute

  • Monday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.

    Notes from the Editor's Desk

    A Recent Experience of Editing an Essay Collection on Orhan Pamuk
    Sibel Erol, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

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Suhel Nafar and Jackie Salloum as Fall 2016 Artists-in-Residence

The Kevorkian Center is pleased to welcome Jackie Salloum and Suhel Nafar as our Fall 2016 Artists-in-Residence. They will … Read More

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