“A Spectre Haunts the Study of Sectarianism: Chasing the ghost of ‘religion’”. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) annual conference, Canterbury, April 2021.
“Locating Religion amid Sectarianisation: A religionisation approach to avoiding essentialism and reductionism”. Woolf Institute workshop on “Beyond ‘Sectarianism’? Towards an alternative understanding of identity politics”, University of Cambridge, 24-25 October 2019, fully funded.
“Religion as a Category of Institutional Practice in Middle Eastern States”. Workshop on “Religion as a Changing Category of Muslim Practice”, University of Oxford, May 2019.
“The Invention of Religious Leadership: Institutionalization of Islam in the modern Middle East”. Workshop on “’Religion’ in Muslim Traditions”, Williams College, MA, 4-5 May 2019, fully funded.
“Mashyakhat al-‘Aql: The making of a modern Lebanese Druze institution”. Conference on “The Druze Millennium”, American University of Beirut, November 2018, fully funded.
“Sectarianisation as the Construction of ‘Religion’: The case of ‘religious leaders’ in Lebanon”. Conference on “Rethinking Nationalism and Sectarianism”, University of Oxford, January 2018.
“Religious Nationalism in the Official Culture of Multi-Confessional Lebanon”. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) annual conference, Edinburgh, July 2017.
“Representing Religions? The problematics of confessional representation in Lebanon”. Workshop on “Sources of Sectarianism”, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, May 2016, fully funded.
“Lebanon’s Powerful Religious Leaders: What do they tell us about sectarianism?”. Conference on “Sectarianism, Identity, and Conflict”, George Mason University, April 2016, fully funded.
“New Roles of Religious Leaders at the Interface between Sect and State in Lebanon”. NAAIMS Conference, “Sectarianism in Muslim Communities”, Brown University, September 2015, fully funded.
“Attachment to the State among Religious Authorities in Lebanon”. Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual conference, New Orleans, October 2013.
“Institutionalizing Islamic Religious Leadership in Lebanon: Mufti of Beirut to Mufti of Lebanon”. Al-Maktoum Islamic Studies Conference, Dundee, May 2012, fully funded.
“The Politics of Clerical Leadership during the Lebanese Civil War, 1975-1990”. Workshop on “Official Religion”, Orient-Institut Beirut, Lebanon, September 2010, fully funded.
“Militating Against Integration: the Maronites, their Church, and Lebanon”. Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual conference, Washington DC, November 2008, part funded.
Discussant for panel on “Muslims in the West: Dilemmas of Cultural Identity and Social and Political Integration”. Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies conference, Amman, Jordan, 29 September 2019.
“How Europeans Invented Religion, and Why it Matters: Reflections from the Middle East”. Michael Mahony Lecture at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, 30 May 2019.
“Understanding Literature as History and History as Literature since Foucault and Said”. Seminar in Literary Studies, University of Jordan, 10 April 2019.
“The Invention of Religion in Islam? Tracing the emergence of Grand Muftis”. Interdisciplinary Research Seminar in the Study of Religion, University of Oxford, 8 February 2019. - “Clerical Sources of Sectarianism in the Middle East”. Policy panel, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, 14 November 2017.
“A Genealogy of ‘Religious Leadership’”. Faculty of Theology & Religion Seminar, University of Oxford, 10 May 2017.
“Maronite Muftis and Muslim Patriarchs? The practice of religious leadership in multi-confessional Lebanon”. Oriental Institute Lecture Series on Eastern Christianity & Islam, University of Oxford, 2 May 2017.