A group of 200 scholars have written a letter on behalf of renowned Saudi scholar and women’s rights advocate Hatoon al-Fassi who has been detained since her arrest on June 21, 2018. A former associate professor of women’s history at King Saud University in Riyadh, an author, and respected historian, al-Fassi has been active in efforts to lift the ban on women driving and has promoted women’s participation in municipal elections. The letter calls upon the Saudi government to release Dr. al-Fassi’s and to allow her to continue her work. CAF has written a letter on her behalf and MESA awarded al-Fassi the 2018 Academic Freedom Award.
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.
November 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
new orleans, louisiana
Join us in November for MESA’s 53rd annual meeting in The Big Easy. Attendees will enjoy three days of academic panels, a bustling book bazaar, and a film festival screening the latest in documentary films on the Middle East.
The Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) seeks to foster the free exchange of knowledge as a human right and to inhibit infringements on that right by government restrictions on scholars. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights provide the principal standards by which human rights violations are identified today. Those rights include the right to education and work, freedom of movement and residence, and freedom of association and assembly.
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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. Join others in helping MESA defend academic freedom and civil and human rights. Share your research at the annual meeting and submit articles for MESA’s journals. Participate on a MESA committee to help recognize outstanding scholarship or work to advance the field. Join MESA today and be a part of something great!
MESA Board Statements issued at MESA 2018 in San Antonio
MESA Board Raises Concern about Deteriorating Security Conditions for Researchers in UAE
San Antonio, TX—November 15, 2018 Over the course of the past months, it has become unmistakably clear that the environment for the conduct of research in several countries of the MENA has changed, ...READ STATEMENT
MESA Board Affirms Commitment to Fight Antisemitism as Form of Racism
San Antonio, TX—November 15, 2018 Over the last two years MESA proudly partnered with HIAS, the International Refugee Assistant Project, and individual plaintiffs to challenge President Trump’s Muslim Ban. Represented by ACLU, our collective case went to the Supreme Court. We did not stop the ban; we succeeded at tempering it in our collective stance against all forms of racism and xenophobia. READ STATEMENT
2018 MESA Awards Recipients Announced
Winners and honorees of the Academic Freedom Award, Jere Bacharach Service Award, Mentoring Award, Albert Hourani Book Award, Nikki Keddie Book Award, Fatima Mernissi Book Award, Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Awards, Student Paper Prize, and Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award were presented at the 2018 Awards Ceremony.
CAF’s Resource Guide on Canary Mission
MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom has issued a resource guide for college and university leaders on actions they can take to counteract a secretive, political organization called Canary Mission that uses its website to engage in defamatory attacks against college students and faculty who engage in advocacy for Palestinian rights and academic inquiry about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Follow MESA’s Work on the Muslim Travel Ban
When President Trump issued Executive Order 13769 (the first Muslim travel ban) on January 7, 2017, MESA and the ACLU began discussing ways in which MESA could be useful in a lawsuit against the ban. MESA ultimately joined as a plaintiff in IRAP v. Trump. Now in its third iteration, the Muslim travel ban continues to be challenged in court. A timeline of MESA's involvement with the lawsuit:
Letter to UAE authorities protesting the decision of the State Security Court of the Federal Supreme Court to uphold the 10 year prison sentence imposed on human rights advocate Ahmed Mansoor in 2018.
Zaytuna College invites applications for a Open Rank Full-time Faculty: Classical Arabic Language.
3rd Annual International Conference on MENA Studies-Feminism in the MENA Region: Women’s Rights in a Post-Globalist World
Takamul Centre for Studies and Research, Ibn Tofail University, Hanns Seidel Stiftung Foundation
3rd Annual International Conference on MENA Studies-Feminism in the MENA Region: Women's Rights in a Post-Globalist World. Submission due by January 30, 2019.
Begins March 20, 2019
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) announces its grant competitions for the 2019-20 academic year.
Yale University, Council on Middle East Studies
Yale University, Council on Middle East Studies invites applications for a 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Middle East Studies. Review of applications begins February 15, 2019.
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA invites applications for the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Iranian Studies. Application deadline: February 15, 2019.
Bard College invites applications for Al-Quds Bard Program Manager, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
Florida International University
Florida International University invites applications for an Assistant Professor - Islam of the Late Medieval or Early Modern Period (focus on Ottoman Empire). Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.
American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS)
ACLS invites applications for the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. Application deadline: March 13, 2019.
Letter to UAE authorities expressing concern for the health of Nasser bin Ghaith, a professor of economics sentenced to ten years' imprisonment in 2017 for "insulting" the UAE in public statements and tweets, who is on hunger-strike.
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Academic Coordinator II.
National Chengchi University
National Chengchi University invites applications for a Full-time Faculty Position in Arabic Language and Culture. Application deadline: February 28, 2019.
Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS)
The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) calls for applications for the Third Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World. Application deadline: January 15, 2019.
Begins June 17, 2019
Princeton University invites applications for a Postdoctoral or More Senior Researcher - Contemporary Politics in the Arab World. Application deadline: January 30, 2019.
College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a Full-Time Continuing Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Arabic. Review of applications begins February 1, 2019.