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  

OCTOBER 5-17, 2020

Thank you for joining us for MESA's 54th Annual Meeting Virtual Conference! You can find an updated searchable program schedule here, a printable program here, and the updated program addendum here. #MESA2020

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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.

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Member Announcements

New Issue of Review of Middle East Studies available

RoMES 54:1 has been published. To access, select the Publications tab in your myMESA account then click the RoMES image.

MESA 2020 Awards Announced!

See the list of awardees and honorees here, or view the full awards ceremony here.

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 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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Pinned Story

Letter protesting the recent arrests of staff at Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)

Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the recent arrests of Mohamed Basheer, Karim Ennarah, and Gasser Abdel Razek, employees of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), and the continued targeting of human rights activists and institutions and levelling false accusations against them in an effort to obstruct their work.

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Excavating alternative histories

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Join the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies for a special program featuring three filmmakers -- Naeem Mohaiemen, Adam Khalil and Zach Khalil -- in discussion with NYU's Faye Ginsburg. This program will explore alternative histories and art that subverts traditional forms of ethnography. This event is co-organized with the Arab Film Collab, which consists of ArteEast, the Arab American National Museum, the Arab Film and Media Institute, and Mizna.

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A Siege of Salt and Sand — A Film About Climate Change in Tunisia

Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona

This film will be presented by its filmmaker, Sam McNeil, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies and School of Journalism. He will also be discussing how his dual degrees have shaped his career. The filmmaker will be introduced by Leila Hudson, Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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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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