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 55th annual meeting will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada at the Palais des congrès from October 28-31, 2021.

Here are links to further details on the hotels and convention center as well as travel information.

For the latest on Canadian travel regulations, please see here.

The general preregistration deadline is September 15. 

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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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Become a Member

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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

2021 Annual Meeting: Canadian Border Reopening

The Canadian government has announced that fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter without quarantining beginning August 9, and fully vaccinated travelers from the rest of the world are expected to be allowed to enter without quarantining by September 7. You can check here to see the necessary qualifications.

Volunteer Chairs Needed

Volunteers are invited to chair put-together panels assembled from individually submitted papers at the MESA 2021 Annual Meeting. To volunteer, view the list of sessions, then fill out the Chair Request Form posted on the bottom of that page. Please note that MESA membership and annual meeting registration are required of all meeting participants. 

2021 Awards Program

MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize 

Graduate student research papers on any aspect of post 600 CE Middle East studies that have not been previously submitted for pubication are sought for this blind review. Winner is awarded $250.
Deadline: August 15 Guidelines

Recent Issues of IJMES and RoMES 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.

MESA Board Statement in Support of Palestinians

MESA’s Board of Directors condemns the ongoing Israeli government assault on the Palestinian people. It views the damaging and targeting of educational facilities and violence toward students and teachers as part of a systematic domination of Palestinians. We recognize there can be no academic freedom and adequate access to education, so long as there is apartheid.

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MESA Board Statement in solidarity with the uprisings against systemic racism and anti-Blackness

MESA pledges to oppose anti-Black racist violence by addressing the structural injustice at work in our own organization, in the field of Middle East studies, and among communities in the region. Guided by the principles articulated here, we commit to eradicating anti-Blackness in our organization and in the knowledge we produce.

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Letter regarding the termination of the contracts of two professors at Boğaziçi University by Acting-Rector Mehmet Naci İnci

Letter to President Erdoğan regarding the termination of the contracts of two professors at Boğaziçi University by Acting-Rector Mehmet Naci İnci, who is continuing the politically motivated campaign against Boğaziçi University’s autonomous university governance launched by his predecessor, the controversially appointed Rector, Melih Bulu.

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Part-Time Lecturer – Middle Eastern Studies

Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations / The University of Chicago

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago seek an experienced teacher to work with MA students in the two-year Master’s Program in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). Review of applications will begin on August 20, 2021.

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Call for Papers/ International Conference/ December 2021

Komar University of Science and Technology, Arab Society of English Language Studies

The English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST), in cooperation with the Arab Society of English Language Studies, announces call for papers for conference, which will be held December 1-2, 2021 in Sulaymania City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

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PERMES Masthead

PERMES is a database of programs in Middle East studies, experts on the region, and other valuable resources. 


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