. Tunis at Sunrise

Photo taken by Jerry Kwok


Welcome to the website for the Conference on The New Middle East which will be held October 18-20, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The conference is organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) with support from the Hewlett Grant for International Conferences as well as support from a number of academic units and sponsors.


The Arab spring took the world by surprise: in a region long ruled by strongmen, a series of popular revolts toppled the rulers of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and continue a sometimes bloody confrontation with the regimes in Yemen, Syria, and—yet again—Egypt. Iran’s “Green Movement” expressed analogous yearnings for freedom and democracy. The conference will explore not only these movements but the entire context of the new Middle East, bringing together leading scholars in Middle Eastern studies to explore a broad range of topics, from religion, politics and social movements to popular culture.


To view our conference poster, click here.