Presentations.

Building “An Egyptian Sheikh’s Literary World,” Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Near Eastern Studies Lecture, Organized by Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study), Wednesday, March 17, 2021
**Co-presented with Adam Mestyan (Duke University)

“An End Overcome by a Beginning,” Alter-AHA Workshop, “Rethinking Print in Comparative Colonial Perspective,” Organized by Corinna Zeltsman (Georgia Southern University) and Ritika Prasad (UNC Charlotte), Saturday, January 9, 2021

“Lithography for Lack of Typography,” Stanford University, Palo Alto, “Before and Beyond Typography Workshop: Textual Production in Global and Multimodal Perspective,” Organized by Tom Mullaney (Stanford University) and Andrew Amstutz (UA Little Rock), Friday, April 24, 2020 

“Between Governing Powers and the Elite Public Sphere: An Alternative Model for the Rise of Modern Print Culture, Cairo, 19th c.,” Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Amherst, “Five College Book History Seminar,” Organized by Jim Kelly, Marjorie Rubright, and Jim Wald, Thursday, February 20, 2020 

“Mehmed ‘Ali and the First Ottoman ‘Newspaper,’ al-Waqa’i‘ al-Misriyya (1828–1839),” Columbia University, NYC, “Columbia University Seminar in Material Texts,” Organized by Alexis Hagadorn, Joseph Howley, and Sierra Eckert (Columbia University), Thursday, February 13, 2020

“Enjoining the Public to Strengthen the Province through Learning: An Emerging Government’s Spread of Printed Books, 1820s-1840s,” Harvard University, Cambridge, “Middle East Beyond Borders Seminar,” Organized by Armaan Siddiqi and Johannes Maker, Monday, February 10, 2020 

“Popularizing a Government Ware Meant to Edify,” The Graduate Center, City University of New York, NYC, “Dissections Seminar: New Trends in Research on the Middle East and North Africa,” Organized by Jeremy Randall, Friday, December 13, 2019 

“Roundtable in Honor of Roger Owen,” Middle East Studies Association of North America, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Saturday, November 16, 2019 
**Co-organizer of roundtable with Sreemati Mitter (Brown University) and Joelle Abi-Rached (Sciences Po) 

“An Egyptian Sheikh’s Literary World Workshop: Digitally Reconstructing Islamic Print Culture Through Mustafa Salamah al-Najjari’s (d. 1870) Book Collection,” Duke University, Durham, Saturday, October 12, 2019 
**Co-organizer of workshop with Adam Mestyan (Duke University) 

“Ottoman Egypt and Print as an Agent of Change,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, Annual Meeting, Amherst, Thursday, July 18, 2019 
**Co-organizer of panel with Hansun Hsiung (Durham University) and Corinna Zeltsman (Georgia Southern University): “How to Construct an Agent of Change: Printing, Progress, and Civilization in the Global Nineteenth Century” 

“The Rise of a New Type of Arabic Treatise in Cairo, c. 1870,” Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, Toulouse, “Interdisciplinary Conference,” Organized by Jonathan Klingler (University of Mississippi), Wednesday, June 26, 2019 

“Print, Self-Awareness, and the State,” Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg, Hamburg,” There & Back Again: The Complicated Relationship of Manuscript and Print in the Islamic Tradition,” Workshop organized by Dmitry Bondarev (UHH) & Scott Reese (NAU), Friday, June 14, 2019  

“Print and the People of Cairo,” Wellesley College, Wellesley, M.A., Organized by Louise Marlow (Wellesley College), Thursday, November 8, 2018 

“Choosing to Print: Commerce and Piety in the Case of Shaykh Hasan al-‘Idwi,” Oxford University, Oxford, “Oxford Nahda Workshop,” Organized by Peter Hill and Hussein Omar (both of Oxford), Friday, June 22, 2018 

“Print History and the Middle East,” Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Organized by Olly Akkerman (Freie Univerität Berlin), Monday, January 22, 2018 

“Print Regulations in Ottoman Egypt, 1820-1881,” Middle East Studies Association of North America, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Monday, November 20, 2017 
**Co-organizer of panel with Till Grallert (Orient-Institut Beirut): “Regulating Print in the Late Ottoman Empire: A New Look into the Question of Censorship” 

 “Moving Manuscript to Print: the Role of the Commissioner in Ottoman Cairo, 1850-1880,” Deutscher Orientalistentag „Asien, Afrika und Europa,” Organized by Torsten Wollina (Orient-Institut Beirut), and Christopher Bahl (SOAS University of London), Annual Meeting, Jena, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

“Canonizing the Canon,” “What Was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World Workshop,” Organized by Islam Dayeh (Freie Universität), Freie Universität Berlin, Friday, July 14, 2017 

Arabic OCR Workshop, Harvard University, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 
**Organizer

Workshop for the Digital Library of the Eastern Mediterranean, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Monday, April 3, 2017
**Organizer

“Lithography in Practice and Thought, Cairo, 19th c.,” “The Muslim World Manuscripts Project Workshop,” Organized by Mahmood Gharavi, Zeinab Azarbadegan, and Sadegh Ansari (all of Columbia), Columbia University, Friday, February 17, 2017 

“Journal Editors Hustling: Marketing and Commerce in Arabic Periodicals,” “The “Art” of the Periodical: Exploring Questions of Readership, Materiality, and Language in 19th Century Ottoman Journals,” Organized by Hala Auji (AUB), American University of Beirut, Monday, November 28, 2016   

“The Law in Print, Cairo,” Middle East Studies Association of North America, Annual Meeting, Boston, Saturday, November 19, 2016 
**Co-organizer of panel with Omar Cheta (Bard): “Middle Eastern Legal History in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Directions” 

Participant, “Digital humanities workshop: Jara’id 2.0,” Organized by Adam Mestyan (Duke University), Duke University, Saturday, November 12, 2016 

“Towards a New Book History of the Modern Middle East,” “Print Culture in the Early Modern Middle East: A Workshop on Digital Resources and Methods,” Organized by Elias Muhanna (Brown), Watson Center, Brown University, Friday, October 21, 2016 

Workshop for the Digital Library of the Eastern Mediterranean, University of Cambridge, Thursday, July 21, 2016 
**Organizer

“Cultural and Textual Mobility: the Cairene Professional Printer’s Development,” Books in Motion: From Artists’ Books to Manuscript and Print Culture East of the Mediterranean and Beyond, Organized by Hala Auji, Sonja Mejcher Atassi, and James Hodapp (all of AUB), American University of Beirut, Beirut, Friday, May 6, 2016 

“Book History: A New Approach to Texts and Historical Contexts,” GSAS Alumni Day, Harvard University, Saturday, April 9, 2016  
**Co-presented with Ann Blair (Harvard) 

Workshop for the Digital Library of the Eastern Mediterranean, Harvard University, Friday, February 5, 2016 
**Organizer

“Arabs Printing: Race in 19th c. Cairene Book Culture,” American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Friday, January 8, 2016 

“Ottoman Cairo’s Private Printing Presses and the City’s Writing Industries, 1850-1882,” International Workshop on Print Culture and Islamic Thought, 1850-1950, Organized by Ahmed El Shamsy (Univ. Chicago) Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Friday, May 8, 2015

“The Details and Importance of Manuscript Custom’s Influence upon Printing in 19th c. Ottoman Cairo,” Harvard-Yale Book History Conference, Harvard University, Monday, May 4, 2015   

“Transformed Meanings: Manuscript to Treasure, and Print to Civilization in 19th c. Khedivial Cairo,” Middle East Studies Association of North America, Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Friday, November 21, 2014 
**Organizer of panel: “Book History & the Middle East” 

“Reinventing the Ottoman Stance on Printing,” Religions of the Book, SHARP, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, Annual Meeting, Antwerp, Friday, September 19, 2014 

“Why Print? The Modes and Meanings of Writing in 19th c. Ottoman Cairo,” International Studies Colloquium, Williams College, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 

“Reframing Ottoman Printing: A Problematization of the Ottoman ‘Ban’ on Print and a New Way of Looking at 19th c. Cairo’s Written Output,” History Department, Durham University, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

“The History of a Look: Aesthetic Influences of Cairo’s 19th c. Written Output,” Harvard-Yale Book History Conference, Harvard University, Thursday, May 2, 2013 

“Medieval Arabic Cryptology’s Development, 9th-14th c.,” Institute for Defense Analyses, Princeton, Friday, January 8, 2010 

“The Academic, Poetic and Militarised Impetuses Behind Medieval Arabic Cryptology’s Development,” National Security Agency, Washington DC, Friday, October 16, 2009