MESA - Middle East Studies Association

MESA 2017 Volunteer Panel Chairs

MESA calls for volunteers to chair the panels that were assembled from individually submitted papers. If you are interested in chairing one or more of the sessions below, please send an email message detailing your preferences to Mark Lowder at

Please be certain that you will attend the annual meeting before volunteering. It is difficult to find replacement chairs as the meeting approaches.


Requirements to Participate

As is the case for all meeting participants, chairs must:

  • be current MESA members for 2017 (we cannot act on your request if you are not a current MESA member)
  • pre-register for the MESA 2017 annual meeting

Chair Responsibilities

Panel chairs:

  • welcome attendees and introduce paper presenters (typically by providing the name, affiliation and paper title)
  • keep track of presentation times and transitions by giving presenters gentle reminders (for instance, slipping notes to presenters indicating how much time is left)
  • ensure that panels end on time!
  • report panelist absences to the MESA Secretariat (did a presenter unexpectedly not show up?)

Panels in Need of Chairs

Saturday, November 18

5:30 p.m.

4988 Anxieties, Resistances, and the Clergy in Egyptian and Iranian Film

5002 Urban Imaginaries: Governing through Housing

Sunday, November 19

8:00 a.m.

4984 Workers across Borders: Labor, Migration, and Class

5009 Politics, Culture, and Everyday Life in Safavid Poetry and Prose

5025 Sectarianism: States, Parties, and Representations

Monday, November 20

8:00 a.m.

4977 The Impact of External Actors on Political Economy

1:00 p.m.

4970 Civil Society and Social Activism

Tuesday, November 21

8:00 a.m.

4971 Foreign Relations in and beyond the Middle East

4972 Transactions of Knowledge and Power: East-West and West-East

4983 Diaspora and Political Participation

5017 Perspectives on Nationalism: Anti-Imperialism, Community-building and the Body

10:30 a.m.

4979 Peasants, Land, and Politics

4993 Melancholia, Race, and Enslavement

5010 Invoking Religion in and against Imperialism, Occupation, and War

5012 Literary Configurations of Secular Modernity

1:00 p.m.

4986 From Commerce to Economics in Islamic Thought and Society

4994 Schooling the Nation: the Politics of Education in Historical Perspective

5015 Negotiating Memories and Legacies of Communal Violence in WWI Anatolia

5023 Militaries of the Middle East: Politics and Economics


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