MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Call for Papers


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50th Anniversary Meeting of the
Middle East Studies Association
November 17-20, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts

Submission Deadlines

Type Date

Panels, roundtables, individual papers

February 16, 2016
Special sessions April 1, 2016
Thematic conversations May 1, 2016


Participation Requirements/

***THE RULES!***

  1. You must be a MESA member for 2016 to submit a proposal. The system will not let you submit if your membership is not current. If you qualify and would like to request a membership waiver, please go here.

  2. You must pre-register for the meeting by no later than May 15 if you have been accepted on the program. After that date, you will be dropped from the program without the chance to join later and without notification.

  3. You can submit ONLY ONE paper abstract, whether for a pre-organized panel or a put-together panel. One and only one!

  4. You may participate in NO MORE THAN TWO sessions, and while we will try to make sure those sessions are not scheduled at the same time, we cannot guarantee that they won't be scheduled back-to-back or on the first and last day.


Organizing a Panel, Roundtable or Thematic Conversation?

If you are organizing a panel, roundtable, or thematic conversation, you should input your panel details into the myMESA system well in advance of the submission deadline to give your panelists time to accept your invitation to participate and enter their information. Organizers CANNOT enter abstracts on behalf of their panelists. Panelists must log-in to myMESA and enter their own details!


2016 Decisions


MESA no longer mails decision letters. Program committee decisions will be posted on myMESA by the end of April, 2016. Log-in to your myMESA account and download your decision letter. If the status next to your submission says “On Program”, the program committee has placed your submission on the program. If the status next to your submission says “Not on Program”, the program committee did not place your submission on the program.


Categories of Submission

Pre-organized panel
Pre-organized roundtable

Individual paper for panel placement

Thematic conversation
Special session


50th Anniversary Logo

The Middle East Studies Association calls for submissions from members for its 50th anniversary meeting, November 17-20, 2016, in Boston, MA.


All submissions must be made through myMESA, MESA's membership and electronic submissions system. The system opens on January 1, 2016, and closes at midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on February 16, 2016.


What's New For 2016


We want to maximize participation for the 50th anniversary meeting. Therefore, sessions will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long rather than 2 hours, and there will only be 15 minutes between session time slots. Because of the reduced time for panels, we suggest that panel organizers limit their panels to 4 papers. At any rate, despite the number of papers on a session, the duration will still be 1 hour and 45 minutes.


MESA's Purview


MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the seventh century to modern times. Other regions, including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which their territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization. Comparative work is encouraged.


Member Calls for Participation


Please visit: for a list of member calls for participation (panel organizers looking for papers; paper presenters looking for panels).


Before Beginning Your Submission:


1. Log-in to myMESA ( If you are a new user, you will need to set up your account. Returning users will enter their email address and password.

2. Update or complete your user profile. Click the "Profile" button. Click "Personal Info" below that. Check your data, update and enter information as necessary. Click the "category complete, next category" button at the bottom right of the page...this saves your data and moves you to the next section. Keep going through all sections of your profile until complete.

3. Pay 2016 membership dues. Under "membership status" do you see a green check or a red x next to "2016 Membership"? A green check means that your dues are current. A red x means that you need to pay dues. To pay dues, click the "Payments" button on the left and follow the instructions.

4. Familiarize yourself with submission categories and programmatic requirements. This information is key to a successful submission, because it tells you what the program committee will use as review criteria.


Once you've done the above, you should print and follow the electronic submission instructions:


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