Middle East Studies

Graduate Student Summer Research Presentations

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St.

By CMES associated graduate students for Brown MES faculty and other Brown graduate students.

Refreshments provided

Center for Middle East Studies Research Travel Award recipients will present their research results and best practices.

Student Events

Laurel Darcy Hackley (Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World) completed fieldwork for her dissertation, “Social Landscapes of the Egyptian Deserts, 3000-1100BCE.”  In this presentation, she will briefly introduce her project, and then review the results of this season of fieldwork, in which she studied petroglyphs and cairns in the Eastern Desert in their spatial, landscape, and social contexts.  

Daniel Plekhov (
Ph.D. student in Archaeology and the Ancient World) is presenting on the results of the 2019 season of the Brown University Petra Terraces Archaeological Project. The project's ongoing work is providing new insights into the dynamic history of terracing and agricultural production in the hinterlands of the ancient city. Their results show that terracing continued well after the decline of the city and varied across the landscape.

Ayşe Şanlı (Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology) is presenting on the preliminary findings of her research on contemporary migration and migration-related work in Sicily, Italy. The research juxtaposes the politics of border-making in contemporary Europe with the narratives and everyday routines of Sicilian social workers, volunteers, and specialists on migration, as well as of various groups of migrants in Sicily.