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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.
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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2021 Annual Meeting: Canadian Border Reopening
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
MESA Undergraduate Education Award
The award recognizes outstanding scholarship on teaching or other material contributions to undergraduate education in Middle East studies. Winner is awarded $250.
Deadline: August 31 Guidelines
Recent Issues of IJMES and RoMES available
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Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
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.
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.
Special Issue Call for Papers - Journal of Labor and Society: Imperialism and Resistance in Middle East and North Africa
Journal of Labor and Society
The Journal of Labor and Society announces call for papers for a special issue journal publication on the theme of Imperialism and Resistance in Middle East and North Africa. Abstract submission deadline is October 4.
Tenure-track faculty position in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aga Khan Program MIT
The Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks tenure-track faculty position in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA).
University of Michigan Department of Middle East Studies
The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for the James A. Bellamy Professorship, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023. Application deadline is November 1, 2021.
NYUAD Institute / Humanities Research Fellowships for the Study of the Arab World
The NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute invites scholars who wish to contribute to the vibrant research culture of NYUAD’s Saadiyat campus to apply for a residential fellowship, starting September 2022. Applications are due October 1, 2021.
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota seeks a part-time Teaching Specialist in Arabic to teach Arabic language courses in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. The application deadline is August 1, 2021.
Letter Protesting Israeli Army Arrest of 45 Palestinian University Students, and Ongoing Detention of 15 after a Solidarity Visit to a Demolished Home in Turmus ‘Aya
Please see our letter to Israeli officials protesting the Israeli army arrest of 45 Palestinian university students, and ongoing detention of 15 after a solidarity visit to a demolished home in Turmus 'Aya.
University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Arizona (UA) located in Tucson, Arizona seeks Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Tenure-Track.
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.
MESA joins a letter amongst 61 NGOs to call on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to quash Ahmed Samir Santawy’s verdict.
Letter to Iranian authorities objecting to the unjust prosecution and sentencing of Dr. Parviz Tarikhi for scholarly research on peaceful uses of space.
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.
Duke Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC)
The Duke Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) announces call for papers on the role of the body and medicine in Dr. El Saadawi’s oeuvre. Abstract deadline is October 1.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program announces postdoctoral and early career teaching and research awards. The program is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year through September 15, 2021.
Michigan Quarterly Review
The Michigan Quarterly Review is seeking contributions to a special issue on the Middle East and North Africa focused on the region’s political, social, and cultural transformations in the last three decades. The issue will be published in April of 2022. Submission deadline is November 1, 2021.
Gilman International Scholarship Program, Institute of International Education (IIE)
The USA Study Abroad Branch, part of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and its Benjamin A. Gilman program announce registration for the Inside U.S. Foreign Policy summer series.
Concordia Language Villages
Concordia Language Villages Language Training Center invites applications for Instructors and a Lead Instructor of Arabic (MSA, Levantine, Iraqi and Egyptian dialects) for teaching teams to deliver a series of immersion programs in Arabic.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) grant application. The deadline is Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.