Arabic Workshops


Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

When: February 21st, 2018, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Where: Walsh 494

Presented by: Dr. Muhammad Habib, Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic at Georgetown University.


For information, contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University (202-687-5743 or

K-12 Arabic Workshop

When: October 21st, 2017, 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: ICC241, CCAS Boardroom

Speakers: Felicitas Opwis (Georgetown University), Wafa Hassan (Global Education Excellence), Alexander Porcelli (Washington Latin Public Charter School), Lina Kholaki (Los Angeles Unified School District), Layali Eshqaidef (Kalimah Programs for Arabic Education), Ahmed Khorshid (Arabic Language Curriculum Developer), Marjorie Haley (George Mason University)

Organizer: Hanaa Kilany (Georgetown University)




For information, contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University (202-687-5743 or


Arabic and the Media Workshop

When: Friday, February 22, 2013

Where: McShain Lounge (Large), McCarthy Hall

This workshop is the second in a series of workshops that aims at bringing scholars from Arabic sociolinguistics with distinguished scholars on sociolinguistics more generally to exchange ideas and projects. This year the workshop will address essential issues such as the role of media in identity formation and conflicts as well as the impact of media on language variation and language ideologies.

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10:00 - 10:30am | Introduction

10:30 - 11:30am | Session I: Media Linguistic Impact
Chair: Reem Bassiouney, Georgetown University

Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago)
The Enregistrement of Dialects in American English and its Lessons for Diglossia

11:30 - 12:00pm | Break

12:00 - 1:00pm | Session II: Conflict, Identity, and Media

Chair: Elliott Colla, Georgetown University 

Anna De Fina (Georgetown University)
The Linguistic Construction of Identities in Transnational Spaces

1:00 - 2:30pm | Lunch Break

2:30 - 4:00pm | Session III: Language Ideology and the Media
Chair: Adel Iskandar, Georgetown University

Dina Matar (University of London)
Framing Ideologies: Language, Power and the Media

Becky Schulthies (Rutgers University)
Scripted Ideologies: Online Orthographies of Spoken Arabics

4:00 - 4:30pm | Break

4:30pm - 5:30pm | Discussion and Future Research conducted by Reem Bassiouney

To download the program in PDF format, please click here.

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Arabic Sociolinguistics Workshop

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to host an Arabic Sociolinguistics Workshop on February 24, 2012 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Poulton 230

This event is currently full and registration has been closed.

This is the first workshop in a series of workshops related directly to the journal Al-Arabiyya (Reem Bassiouney editor). The journal currently aims at raising the quality and quantity of research in Arabic Linguistics. One of the main issues in the field of Arabic Linguistics is the clear division in theories and methods between General Linguistics and Arabic Linguistics in particular. This workshop aims to start a conversation between General and Arabic Linguists and will provide a forum for an exchange of ideas, theories and methods between both groups leading to future collaboration, discussion and scholarship.

Tentative Program 
Please click here for a printable, .pdf version of the program.
Talks will be approximately 35 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions.

9:00-11:00am: Session One

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-1:30: Session Two

  • Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University): "Integrating Sociolinguistics with Critical Discourse Analysis"
  • Reem Bassiouney (Georgetown University): "A contested identity: stance and code-choice during the Egyptian revolution"
  • Chair: Anna De Fina

1:30-3:00pm: Break

3:00-5:30pm: Session Three

  • Keith Walters (Portland State University): "New Media and the Failed Legacy of Pan-Arabism"
  • Alexandra Jaffe (California State University Long Beach) :"Polynomic language and dominant language ideologies: forms of resistance and new orthodoxies on Corsica"
  • Gunvor Mejdell (University of Oslo): "Analyzing Mixed Styles in Arabic"
  • Chair: Elliott Colla

5:30-6:00pm: Coffee Break

6:00-6:30pm: Session Four

  • General discussion led by all participants.