MESA - Middle East Studies Association

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-profit association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching… Read more


Focus on Turkey
  • 30 March 2017 - Report of new initiatives to help imperiled Turkish scholars and a summary of MESA’s activities through the Board and the MENA wing of the Committee on Academic Freedom in support of academic freedom in Turkey.
  • 19 May 2017 - Letter to PM Yıldırım and President Erdoğan regarding TÜBİTAK’s memo asking journals to remove dismissed academics from their editorial and review boards.(pdf)
  • 15 May 2017 - Letter to Turkish officials regarding the deteriorating conditions of an academic, Nuriye Gülmen, and a teacher, Semih Özakça, who have been on hunger strike in protest of their terminations without process by emergency decrees. (pdf)
  • 5 May 2017 - Letter to Turkish PM and President concerning April 29th Emergency Decree 689 removing 484 academics and 98 administrators from their university positions. (pdf)
  • 18 April 2017 - (Statement) Professor Richard Falk was subject to defamation and the obstruction or cancellation of scheduled talks after the release of a report, co-authored with Professor Virginia Tilley, on Israeli law and practice, commissioned by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. (pdf)
  • 6 April 2017 - Letter to the King of Bahrain to protest the sentencing of educator and instructor Khalil al-Halwachi to ten years' imprisonment and to urge Bahrain to respect internationally recognized standards of due process and freedom of expression and association. (pdf)

Annual Meeting

November 18-21
Washington, DC






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