Ostour held its third discussion seminar on the subject of "Fields of Historical Research in the Arab World" on the fringes of the ACRPS conference "Arab History and Historiography: How was Arab History Written, and How is it Being Written Today" held from April 22 - 24, 2016. The seminar was organized into four sessions. The first was chaired by Nasireddin Saidouni and was devoted to theoretical and institutional aspects of writing Arab history. The second session was facilitated by Wajih Kawtharani and discussed examples of historical research in the Maghreb both before and after colonialism. The third session was devoted to problems of modernity and national belonging as a field for historical research, and was chaired by Abdelrahim Benhadda. The fourth and final session was chaired by Ibrahim Qadiri Boutchich, and explored the themes of modernity and patriotism as a subject of historical study. The editorial board of Ostour were keen to include interventions and ensuing discussions, and to make them available to readers.