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The Middle East Studies Association’s 55th annual meeting will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada at the Palais des congrès from October 28-31, 2021.
Program participants need to register by May 15 and the deadline for all others (general attendees, book exhibitors) is September 15.
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2021 Nominating Committee Election
All full 2021 MESA Members (fellows and students) are asked to cast their votes in the 2021 Nominating Committee Election. The Nominating Committee will be responsible for identifying candidates to run for three positions on MESA's Board of Directors.
Recent Issues of IJMES and RoMES available
IJMES 52:4 amd RoMES 54:1 have been published. To access, select the Publications tab in your myMESA account then click the publication image.
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks a full-time, temporary, non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History, specializing in either the Islamicate World or Africa, with a research focus on transcultural exchange to begin August of 2021.
Call for abstracts for inclusion in an edited volume about the social histories of medicine, disease, and health/healing practices in the modern Middle East. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas seeks Assistant Professor of Philosophy, with a specialization in Non-Western Philosophy. Application review will begin March 7, 2021.
California State University, Sacramento
The California State University, Sacramento invites applicants to apply for fellowship to support scholarly research in Hellenic studies. The fellowship application deadline is April 2, 2021.
Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University
The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University invites participants to attend virtual event on the origin myths and racialized genealogical imagination at the root of Black Yemeni marginalization. The event is scheduled for March 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST.
Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the unwarranted detention of Egyptian national, Ahmad Samir Santawy, a master's student at the Central European University in Vienna, and the mistreatment he has been subjected to—including enforced disappearance and torture.
New York University Abu Dhabi
The Division of Social Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks tenured/tenure-track Social Research and Public Policy faculty member. The deadline for ensuring full consideration is March 22nd, 2021.
Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the ongoing detention of Patrick George Zaki, a graduate student in Italy and human rights researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) without due process, charging him with spreading false news and statements to disturb the peace, and inciting protest without permission from relevant authorities with the goal of undermining state institutions, overthrowing the Egyptian government and instigating terrorism.
Tulane University seeks one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, with an area specialization in Modern Arabic Literature beginning July 1, 2021. Applications are due March 30, 2021.
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies invites participants to attend virtual Spring series on research in the digital age. Event dates range from March 4 to April 29, 2021.
The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America condemns the ongoing and intensified government assault on higher education in Turkey. As a scholarly association, MESA declares its solidarity with student and faculty protestors of the recent developments at Boğaziçi University. We join our voices to the demands raised by faculty and students: academic freedom, freedom of expression, and academic and democratic norms must be respected; and the autonomy of higher education in Turkey must be protected.
Call for Papers: Another Revolution for Prospective Cluster on Modernism/Modernity’s Print Plus Platform
Prospective Cluster for Modernism/Modernity
Modernism/Modernity’s Print Plus platform invites abstracts for publication. 250 word abstracts and short biographies are due February 28, 2021.
The Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and MESA are co-sponsoring a Zoom panel Monday, February 15 on the situation at Boğaziçi University. Former and current Boğaziçi professors will discuss the state of higher education in Turkey by reflecting on the past of Boğaziçi University and analyzing the recent events that have been unfolding since the appointment of a new university president on January 1 and the establishment of two new colleges on February 5, both by unilateral midnight decrees issued by President Erdoğan without any consultation.
The Government of Pearling: A Social History of Law in the Arabian Gulf (1860-1950) with Alexandre Caeiro and Nathan Brown
Institute for Middle East Studies
The Institute for Middle East Studies invites participants to attend virtual event on the historical legal regulation of the pearl trade in the Arabian Gulf. The event is scheduled for March 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST.
Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University
The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University invites participants to attend virtual event on Egypt's 2011 revolution. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:00am-12:00pm EST.
Letter regarding the government sanctioned campaign against Boğaziçi University, its students, faculty and institutional structure
Letter to President Erdoğan regarding the recent attacks against Boğaziçi University’s students and faculty, and the government’s politically motivated decision to alter the university’s academic structure.
One-Year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Arabic Studies, Open Specialization Beginning Fall 2021
Arabic Studies Department at Williams College
The Arabic Studies Department at Williams College seeks One-Year Visiting Assistant Arabic Studies Professor for Fall 2021. Applications should be submitted by March 1st, 2021.
Gulf Research Center
The Gulf Research Center (GRC) is accepting abstracts for this year’s Gulf Research Meeting (GRM). The meeting will take place virtually from July 23-24, 2021. The application deadline is February 25, 2021.
Stanford University seeks Associate Director for Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.
Letter regarding the detention and mistreatment of Boğaziçi University students protesting against the partisan authoritarian appointment of a new rector
Letter to President Erdoğan regarding the detention and mistreatment of Boğaziçi University students protesting against the partisan and authoritarian appointment of the university’s rector, the homophobic language and policies adopted in relation to student protesters, and the placement of snipers on the roofs of buildings adjacent to the campus gate.