23 April 2018: Next month I will visit the Middle East Center at the University of Washington in Seattle to talk about the French Mandate’s use of passports to claim Syrian and Lebanese migrants living abroad for political purposes after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.… Read More
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18 November 2016: was happy to deliver remarks on confronting the archival challenges posed by the ongoing Syrian conflict at part of a special roundtable organized by Hilary Kalmbach (Sussex) at the Syrian Studies Association’s sectional meeting at this year’s MESA meeting in Boston. The… Read More
6 November 2016: the Islamic Studies symposia series I organize will host its first speaker of the year tomorrow evening with Dr. Elyse Semerdjian, who will speak on “Ottoman History from the Margins: Reflections on Women and Dhimmis at Aleppo’s Shari‘a Court” at the Smittcamp Alumni… Read More
3 March 2016: today I deliver a talk at Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies as part of their ongoing Sultan Lecture Series. The talk is titled “War Stories: World War I and the Ottoman Arab Diaspora” and caps off my year as a visiting… Read More
24 January 2016: I gave a talk at the Cultural Encounters in Global Conflict conference on the First World War at Kings College London. My talk, “Becoming ‘Syrian’ on the battlefield: Ottoman emigrant troops on the Western Front” detailed the experience of Syrian recruits in… Read More
18 November 2015: Today I met with US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers in the San Francisco Asylum Office to brief them on the Syrian conflict and some of the issues they will confront as they consider resettlement cases involving Syrian refugees. The meeting is… Read More