Mission Statement

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, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance education, further intellectual exchange, recognize professional distinction, and defend academic freedom in accordance with its status as a 501(c)(3) scientific, educational, literary, and charitable organization.

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Annual Meeting  

The Middle East Studies Association’s 57th annual meeting was held in Montréal, Québec, Canada from November 2-5, 2023 at the Palais des congrès.

MESA holds the largest gathering of Middle East studies scholars, and MESA 2023 included a robust program of over 350 sessions, more than 50 exhibitors, and a virtual film festival. 

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) advocates on behalf of its members on issues that are central to its mission.

This includes statements and letters from MESA's Board of Directors, MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom, the Task Force on Civil and Human Rights, and the MESA Global Academy.

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Be a part of a community of scholars who are passionate about the pursuit of academic knowledge on the MENA region. Help MESA defend academic freedoms. Share your research at the annual meeting. Access the best, cutting-edge scholarship in person at the conference or online in our journals.

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Member Announcements

Applications Sought for IJMES Editor

The MESA Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the next editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2024. Application review will begin August 1, 2023, and continue until a new editor is identified. For more information, go here.

MESA Strategic Plan

MESA has adopted a strategic plan for 2021-2025. To view the plan or for more information, please see here.

Issues of IJMES, RoMES, and IMES available

To access, select the Publications tab in your myMESA account then click the publication image.

Security Alerts for Researchers and Students

There are two active security alerts issued by MESA’s Board of Directors for those embarking on research in Egypt and UAE.

The Khānjī Correspondence and the Arabic Manuscript Trade in the Early Twentieth Century

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

Professor Garrett Davidson will give a talk that offers a preliminary analysis of the recently discovered al-Khānjī papers. The papers, accumulated and preserved by Sāmī al-Khanjī in Cairo, document his and his father’s business and scholarly activities from the 1920s to 1960s and provide an unparalleled window onto the worlds of the Arabic and Islamic manuscript trade in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and Digital Humanities

Central European University

The Department of Historical Studies at Central European University invites applications for an Assistant Professorship position in Historical Studies and Digital Humanities. Regional and chronological specializations are open, but applicants should demonstrate the ability to engage in research on transregional phenomena in Eurasian history between c. 800 and c. 1850, based on expertise in one or more regional/local languages. Scholars working on the Islamicate and/or Persianate world and/or South Asia are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Letter regarding intensified targeting of Palestinian students in Israeli universities

Our letter to Israeli government authorities expressing concern about the mounting threats to and repressive measures against Palestinian students in Israeli universities since the Hamas attack of 7 October

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Webinar 27 November: The Future of Labour Demand in the Gulf States: What Skills?

Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

In view of the economic reforms enacted recently in the Gulf states, what is the future of skills demand there, and how will it affect the trends and patterns of labour and labour migration to the region? The webinar will review the changes and innovations in the Gulf States’ economies over the last decade and assess their impact on the actual structure of the workforce, by nationality (national – non-national) and skill level. The webinar will discuss future trends in the demand for skilled labour, highlight the challenges they pose and measures to address these challenges, and reflect on possible scenarios for the future of migration to the region, concerning the number and characteristics of migrants. 

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Call for Papers - Workshop - Migration to the Gulf: Possible Scenarios for the Future: A View from the GCC and from Countries of Origin

Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, Population (GLMM) Programme

Against the backdrop of the current transformations of GCC demographics and economies, as well as the socio-political and economic contexts of origin countries, the purpose of the workshop is to assess and forecast future trends and patterns of migration to the Gulf states.

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14th Gulf Research Meeting 2024 - Call for Paper

Gulf Research Center (GRC)

The Gulf Research Center (GRC) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 14th annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM), the annual academic conference highlighting critical issues of importance to the Gulf region and providing a basis for undertaking and engaging in academic and empirical research. GRM 2024 will take place in Cambridge (UK) from July 9-11, 2024.

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Postdoctoral or Associate Researcher Scholar of Modern Palestine and Israel

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (TRI), Department of Near Eastern Studies

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (TRI) invites applications from outstanding postdoctoral or more senior researchers of modern Palestine and Israel for one or more positions as a Postdoctoral Research Associate or an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University.

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