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Virtual: ‘Hazine: A Guide to Researching the Middle East and Beyond’

February 4 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the University Libraries and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill on February 4 at 12:00 p.m. as a part of The Kitab Talk series to learn more about Hazine. 

Hazine was started by two Ottoman historians, to provide archives and library guides for researchers working on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islamicate societies. Since ‘relaunching’ in 2018 with Heather Hughes and N.A. Mansour as co-editors, Hazine has continued to provide the research community with archive reviews, but Hughes and Mansour have since reworked the website to be more broadly inclusive of cultural heritage workers and highlight their contributions to research, while also addressing the unique challenges to Islamic and Middle East Studies research. They hope to continue to build the site as an inclusive space where conversations can happen about the research process from all angles.

While Hazine has already been highlighting the many digital resources available, Hazine has continued to do so with the intention of supporting research during the pandemic. In the roundtable presentation, the panelists and attendees will discuss how to work to build community, support equitable access to research materials, and platform underrepresented voices in academia and library and information science (LIS). The panelists will share the ethics that guide their work, particularly in a context where there are often extraction approaches to cultural heritage in the Middle East. Panelists and attendees will also discuss the infrastructure and work that makes this project sustainable.

Panelists for this Kitab Talk include Shabbir Agha Abbas, a graduate student at Columbia University; Marwa Gadallah, a graphic designer; Heather Hughes, one of the co-editors of Hazine and a Middle Eastern Studies librarian at Penn University; and N.A. Mansour, one of the co-editors of Hazine and a doctorate candidate at Princeton University. Register here to get the link for this Kitab Talk.