History and Society on TV in the Middle East Conference: April 6-7, 2017

Middle Eastern-produced television serials are a billion-dollar industry, and one that has stirred controversy among audiences in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. The conference will bring together scholars of history, languages and culture, communication, film studies, political science, and anthropology to explore the transnational projection of Middle Eastern television productions and the heated debates over history and contemporary social relations that they have generated.

On April 6-7, 2017, we will investigate Middle Eastern televised fiction in shaping popular opinion. A prelude to the conference includes showings of Middle Eastern productions.

This event has been organized by Professor Madeline Zilfi, who can be contacted at mzilfi@umd.edu.


The conference will feature the following speakers:

Valerie Anishchenkova
University of Maryland
Walter Armbrust
Oxford University
Orit Bashkin
University of Chicago
Aomar Boum
University of California at Los Angeles
Joshua Carney
University of South Florida
Jane Gaffney
Independent Scholar
Joel Gordon
University of Arkansas
Ida Meftahi
University of Maryland
Pedram Partovi
American University  
Leslie Peirce
New York University
Christa Salamandra
City University of New York              
Mehdi Semati
Northern Illinois University
Edith Szanto
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Shibley Telhami
University of Maryland
Eric Zakim
University of Maryland