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Ryan Robinson
November 29, 2018
NELC Major Ryan Robinson's reflections on a symposium where he presented a paper on his experience at an excavation site in Turkey As an aspiring academic with graduation on the horizon, my mind has been on the realm of academia and the ways by which I can enter it. From the outside, academia often looks like a daunting, endless stream of names, books, and articles. It’s intimidating; finding a way in can feel nearly impossible from my undergraduate perspective. Furthermore, it’s... Read more
A line of Ancient Iran Day organizers stand in front of a presentation discussing the days events
April 21, 2019
by Jeffrey Haines On December 1, 2018, NELC was pleased to host Ancient Iran Day, an educational event designed to bring Iran’s history to the general public.  Hosting over fifteen hands-on exhibits, lectures, a slideshow of Iranian artifacts and heritage sites, and a family activity area, Ancient Iran Day drew over five hundred students and members of the local community, some of whom encountered Ancient Iran for the first time. Ancient Iran (ca. 4000 BC-651 CE) produced some of the greatest... Read more
Professor Lior Sternfield standing near the podium before his presentation
April 21, 2019
by Hannah Myrick The 15th Afrassiabi Distinguished Lecture Series with Guest Speaker Professor Lior Sternfeld, who discusses his latest work on Iranian Jews in the Twentieth Century “When I tell people I work on Iranian Jews, one of the first responses is ‘Wait, there are Jews in Iran?” said Dr. Lior Sternfeld, an Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Sternfeld visited the University of Washington on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 for the 15th annual... Read more
November 29, 2018
by Erin Kelleher On November 13, the UW NELC Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program hosted a viewing of Ela Elisabeth Beken’s documentary A Piece of Germany as part of the 6th Annual Seattle Turkish Film Festival. The film focuses on the stories of adults who spent a significant portion of their childhoods in Germany because their parents had moved there from Turkey as migrant workers. Their families then moved back to Turkey in 1984 following to a German government effort to get these migrant... Read more
gert berg, arab and islamic studies nelc
November 8, 2018
November 26, 2018 3:00-5:00 PM Denny Hall 211 NELC Meeting Room University of Washington Professor Gert Borg will talk on the current state of Arabic Studies in Eurpoe through a discussion of Thomas Bauer's , Die Kultur der Ambiguit¨at, Eine andere Geschichte des Islams. Berlin: Verlag der Weltreligionen (2011) which refreshed discussions around the question of spread of Islam. As summed up by Prof. Borg in his review of this book (MESA RoMES, 51:1, 2017), Bauer argues in his... Read more
bacharac nelc arce
November 8, 2018
By Bret Windhauser On November 7, 2018, History Department Emeritus Professor Jere Bacharach presented his research on Islamic Cairo and its developments over time in the second ARCE lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year. Attendees were invited to listen to Prof. Bacharach’s findings on the development of the Cairo’s Architecture as a study for built environments in the wider Near and Middle East. Specifically, Prof. Bacharach explored the balance of power between the rulers of a place and... Read more
Darren_Bayler, REECAS, NELC, Turkic and Central Eurasian
November 1, 2018
TURKIC AND CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES SEMINAR The Banality of Uyghur Unfreedom Why are Han civilians occupying Uyghur homes in Northwest China? Dr. Darren Byler Department of Anthropology University of Washington Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:30 - 2:00 PM Denny Hall 211 The “Becoming Family” project that has sent over 1 million civil servants to monitor and assess Turkic Muslim families. This talk will address the way Han civilians understand their role in “transforming” the basic     ... Read more
Mark Lehner
October 3, 2018
As a part of the ARCE Lecture series, Dr. Mark Lehner presented a talk on October 2, 2018 about last year's AERA excavations for the Lost City of the Pyramids, next to Heit al-Ghurab, or Wall of Crow. In his well attended talk,  Dr. Lehner discussed work in the daily life of the ancient city of Khuf... Read more
claudia yaghoobi
October 2, 2018
Iran's Girls of Revolution Street From Literary Narratives to Text Based Protests to Cyberactivism Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Allen Library Auditorium On January 29, 2018, social media sites published photographs of Iranian women from multiple cities protesting compulsory veiling. Hailed as Girls of the Revolution Street, their hashtag #girlsofrevolutionstreet references their predecessor, Vida Movahed, the first woman to stage a protest on Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) street in... Read more
Resat Kasaba, Turkish Studies, UW NELC
September 24, 2018
Turkish and Ottoman Studies Workshop Series Fall 2018 Friday October 19, 2018 3:30-5:00 PM Denny Hall 211 NELC Seminar Room University of Washington With the concentration of executive power in the hands of President Erdoğan, the arena for formal politics in Turkey has become severely restricted. Turkish government has also made it very difficult, if not impossible, for civil society organizations to function independently. As Turkey enters a new phase in its history it is also facing massive... Read more