6th Annual MENA Symposium

Alternative and Emerging Histories of the Middle East and North Africa

The sixth annual MENA Symposium will strive to uphold the legacy of Edward Said, one of the founders of postcolonial studies, whose criticism of Orientalism started a movement to rethink and rewrite histories of the region.

The speakers and panelists at this symposium are invited to think critically about how to represent the Middle East and North Africa in academia and beyond. Papers, presentations, and performances will help to shift our conversations in order to make room for alternative perspectives, methods, and media so that we may better understand the full spectrum of human experience, including marginalized and underrepresented communities, in the region.