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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

  • Thursday, October 27, 5:00 p.m.

    Between Decays and Regeneration

    The Eighteenth Century in Iranian History and Historiography
    Rudi Matthee, History, University of Delaware
    Sponsored by the Iranian Studies Initiative

  • Friday, October 28, 5:00 p.m.

    "Las Ultimas Palavras / Last Words"

    a film by Rita Ender (Turkey, 2015, 32 min)
    after-film discussion with the filmmaker and Dalya Kandiyoti, CUNY

  • Thursday, November 3, 6:00 p.m.

    European Moments in the making of Islam’s “Image Problem”

    Finbar Barry Flood, Institute of Fine Arts & Art History, New York University
    Presented by the NYU Religious Studies Program and Co-sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
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  • Friday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.

    The Humanitarian Condition

    Refugees, Migrants, and the Politics of Humanitarianism in the Middle East
    Miriam Ticktin, Anthropology, The New School
    Timothy Nunan, International and Area Studies, Harvard University
    Keith Watenpaugh, Human Rights Studies, UC Davis
    Ayse Parla, Anthropology, Sabanci University
    Ilana Feldman, Anthropology, History, and International Affairs, George Washington University
    Lori Allen, Anthropology, SOAS, University of London
    Full schedule TBA
    With the Urban Democracy Lab, the Center for Religion and Media, the Center for Media, Culture, and History, and the Department of Anthropology

  • Monday, November 7, 5:00 p.m.

    Notes on the Seductions of Quantification

    Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking
    Sally Engle Merry, Anthropology, NYU

  • Thursday, November 10, 5:00 p.m.

    Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran

    Orkideh Behrouzan, Anthropology, King's College, University of London
    Sponsored by the Iranian Studies Initiative

  • Monday, November 14, 5:00 p.m.

    The Politics of Oil Beyond Rentier States

    Robert Vitalis, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
    Kaveh Ehsani, International Studies, DePaul University
    Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt, History, California State University, Stanislaus

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In the Spotlight

Welcome to the Class of 2018!

Read about the students of our MA in Near Eastern Studies Program. Read More