We are pleased to announce that Dr. Maya Shatzmiller will be giving our Friday evening keynote address.

Teaching Philosophy

For most incoming students Islamic history is a foreign universe. Therefore my first goal is to introduce students to the general themes of Islamic history, beginning with the rise of Islam in the 7th century A.D. Middle East. Those taking my introductory second year course will engage in reading the primary sources of the medieval and modern periods in translation. I encourage third and fourth year students to move to more focused and in depth study of social, cultural and economic themes in Islamic history. For the more advanced students, on the Master and Doctoral levels, I offer the possibility to specialize in specific fields of interest, through research papers. More specific training in the field includes familiarizing them with the research tools and the study of Arabic. Being a specialist in Islamic social and economic history I welcome particularly students with previous knowledge of economics or Middle Eastern languages to collaborate and participate in my research projects. I aim at training future scholars in the field of Islamic social and economic history; produce original and independent research work, and eventually teach in the field.

Selected Publications





Edited Volumes

  • Nationalism Book Cover(2005) Nationalism and Minority Identities in Islamic Societies. Papers delivered at the conference at the University of Western Ontario, December 2001. Edited by Maya Shatzmiller. Vol. 1 in the Western Series in Ethnic Conflict. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 2005. 346 pp. Hard cover and paperback editions.



  • Cusaders and Muslims Book Cover(1993)Crusaders and Muslims in 12th Century Syria. Papers delivered at the conference at the University of Western Ontario, November, 1988. Edited by Maya Shatzmiller. Vol.1. In the series: The Medieval Mediterranean Peoples, Economics and Cultures 400-1453. E. J. Brill, Leiden, New-York, Köln, 1993. 236 pp. Hard cover and paperback editions.

Roberto González Echevarría will be our external keynote speaker!

We are pleased to announce Roberto González Echevarría of Yale University as the keynote speaker for our conference. His keynote address will be on Thursday March 10, 2015.

Among other works, he is the author of: Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home (1977, 1990); The Voice of the Masters: Writing and Authority in Modern Latin American Literature (1985); Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative (1990, 1998); Celestina’s Brood: Continuities of the Baroque in Spanish and Latin American Literatures (1993); The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball (1999), and Crítica práctica, práctica crítica (2002). His Myth and Archive won the 1989-90 MLA’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association’s 1992 Bryce Wood Book Award, and The Pride of Havana received the Dave Moore Award for the Best Baseball Book of 2002. His Love and the Law in Cervantes (2005) had its origin in his 2002 DeVane Lectures at Yale.

He is the editor of The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997), a CD Rom on Cervantes (Primary Sources Media, 1998), Don Quixote: A Case Book (Oxford, 2005), and Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana (Cambridge University) (Gredos, 2006). He co-edited The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (1996) as well as Cuba: un siglo de literatura (1902-2002) (2004).

Translations of his works include: La prole de Celestina: continuidades del barroco en las literaturas española e hispanoamericana (1999), Mito y archivo: una teoría de la narrativa latinoamericana (2000), La voz de los maestros: escritura y autoridad de la literatura latinoamericana moderna (2001), Alejo Carpentier: el peregrino en su patria (1993; 2nd. ed. corregida y aumentada, 2004), La gloria de Cuba: historia del béisbol en la isla (2004), and the forthcoming El amor y el derecho en Cervantes (Gredos) as well as, in Polish, The Pilgrim at Home. His Cartas de Carpentier (Verbum) and Oye mi son: ensayos y testimonios sobre literatura latinoamericana (Renacimiento) are in press.

An internacional symposium was held in his honor at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo (2002) and an issue (no. 33, 2004) of Encuentro de la cultura cubana was published in his honor. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He received the National Humanities Medal from President Barak Obama, at the White House, in March 2011.  And also, his latest book is Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction,” Oxford University Press, 2012.

Internal KeyNote Speaker Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Regna Darnell  of the Anthropology Department will be the internal keynote speaker.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the external keynote speaker.

Regna Darnell received a B.A. in Anthropology and English (cum laude) from Bryn Mawr College in 1965, an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1969) in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a D. Litt. (honoris causa) from the University of Waterloo (2009).     She taught at the University of Alberta from 1969-1990, attaining the rank of Professor in 1979.     Professor Darnell came to Western in 1990, serving as Chair of Anthropology (1990-93) and as Director of the Centre for Research and Teaching of Canadian Native Languages since 1992. She became a Distinguished University Professor in 2005. She was the founding Director of Western’s First Nations Studies Program.

She is Affiliate Faculty in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and serves on the core faculty of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism; she held an adjunct appointment in Anthropology at McMaster University (1994-2010). She has held a cross-appointment to the Ecosystem Health program, Department of Pathology, Schulich Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry since 2006. In 2000 she served as Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies and Anthropology and Guest Fellow at Pierson College, Yale University.     She held a Killam Research Fellowship from 2006-08 and received a Premier’s Distinction Award for the Social Science and Humanities in 2007.

Professor Darnell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the American Philosophical Society, past-president of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, the American Society for Ethnohistory and the Canadian Anthropology Association.     She has twice served as president of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association and represents faculty on the UWO Board of Governors (2011-15). She chaired the American Anthropological Association’s Centennial Executive and Advisory Commissions (planning for publications and celebrations in 2002).

She has published widely in First Nations languages and cultures as well as history of anthropology. Recent books include: Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist, (2010, original 1990); Collected Works of Edward Sapir 3: Culture (1999) and 4: Ethnology (1994); And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology (1998; PB 2000); Theorizing the Americanist Tradition (ed. With Lisa Philips Valentine 1999); Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology; Presidential Portraits: Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association (ed. With Frederic W. Gleach, 2002); American Anthropology 1971-95: Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist ed. 2002); Special Centennial Issue of the American Anthropologist (ed. With F.W. Gleach 2002); Historicizing Canadian Anthropology (ed. With Julia Harrison 2006); Nomadic Legacies (forthcoming); Franz Boas: Ethnographer, Theorist, Activist, Public Intellectual (ed., forthcoming).     Professor Darnell edits Critical Studies in History of Anthropology (with Stephen O. Murray) and Histories of Anthropology Annual (with F.W. Gleach).


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We look forward to seeing you on March 10-12, 2016!