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 58th annual meeting will be held virtually from November 11-16, 2024

The online program schedule for MESA 2024 is now available in myMESA.

MESA 2025 will be held in Washington DC, November 22-25, 2025.

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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. Access the best, cutting-edge scholarship in person at the conference or online in our journals.

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Member Announcements

Applications Sought for IJMES Editor

The MESA Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the next editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2025. Application review will begin June 2024, and continue until a new editor is identified. For more information, go here.

Applications Sought for RoMES Editor

The MESA Board of Directors invites applications for the next editor of the Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2025. Application review will begin August 2024, and continue until a new editor is identified. For more information, go here.

Issues of IJMES, RoMES, and IMES 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.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Teaching Fellow in the Department of Middle East Studies

University of Southern California

The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Arabic. Researchers with training in Arabic literature and culture are encouraged to apply. This fellowship is renewable for a second year, contingent upon administrative approval.

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The Middle East, South-east Asia, and Nuclear Power

Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

This webinar will discuss what is behind the sudden change in perceptions towards nuclear energy, the paradox of Gulf countries with vast oil reserves turning to an alternative energy source, and the international controls needed to prevent civilian nuclear programmes from morphing into military ones.This virtual event will be conducted on Tuesday, 30 July 2024 from 3.00pm to 4.30pm (SGT). The event is free, and open to all. However, registration is compulsory.

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Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern and North African History

Indiana University

The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC) in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS) at Indiana University, Bloomington invites applications for a tenure-track position in the modern (post-1750) social and/or political history of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) at the rank of assistant professor, to begin in August 2025.

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Academic Director - Tunisia

School for International Training

School for International Training (SIT) invites applications for the position of Academic Director (appointment at relevant rank) of its semester-long program located in Tunis, Tunisia in the theme of Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean. SIT is an accredited institution of higher education with a campus located in Vermont, USA. The program follows the SIT semester program model, with two semesters per year that coincide with the fall and spring semester calendar at US universities. 

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Letter to the President of NYU and the Interim Vice Chancellor of NYUAD regarding the deportation of two NYUAD community members and other repressive acts by the UAE authorities

Our letter expressing concern about reports we have received that students and faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi have been subjected to repressive measures (including deportation) by UAE authorities for expressing their opposition to Israel’s war in Gaza while on campus.

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Summer Qur’anic Arabic

University of Toronto Mississauga Language Academy

The University of Toronto Mississauga Language Academy (UTMLA) invites participants to an exciting new summer Qur'anic Arabic program with Prof. Walid Saleh (UofT). During 6 weeks (July 2- August 6, 2024) everyday from Monday to Thursday, Prof. Saleh leads a small cohort of reading group to explore the language of the Qur’an aiming to help them become familiar with the vocabulary of the Qur’an and its syntax, variant readings and style and be independent readers of the Qur’an. Participants will learn to use the tools that are used to analyze the Qur’an and its language.

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Iran and China: Common heritage and contemporary relations

University of Groningen

Since ancient times, connections between Iran and China have flourished through trade and literature. This has resulted in significant mutual influence on the artistic, cultural, and political development and histories of various peoples residing in the Iranian plateau, China, and Central Asia. Today a large amount of extant tangible and intangible cultural heritage exists in both Iran and China attesting to this shared history. Both forms of heritage are often referenced, put on display, and mobilized in support of a range of political and personal projects. Given its historical significance and contemporary relevance, the goal of this conference is to bring together scholars considering these common ties of cultural heritage, as well as how they are situated in contemporary academic, political, or cultural debates. We invite papers on any aspect of the common heritage of Iran and China, due May 25, 2024.

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Call for Submission - Exilium

Edward Said Chair at Federal University of São Paulo - Brazil

EXILIUM – Journal of Contemporary Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal from the Edward Saïd Chair at the Federal University of São Paulo/Brazil is welcoming submissions, in a continuous flow, original articles and essays as well as other types of texts and various materials.

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Letter to Washington University in St. Louis regarding severe beating by police of Professor Steve Tamari and the arrest and suspension of faculty and students

Our letter expressing shock and revulsion at the brutalization of Professor Steve Tamari by police as he peacefully participated in a protest for Palestinian rights on the Washington University in St. Louis campus as well as our concern over the suspension of six of your faculty members for alleged participation in the same protest and the arrest and suspension of many of your students

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MESA Board Joint Statement with CAF updating and responding to campus repression

The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association and its Committee on Academic Freedom decry in the strongest of terms the growing number of cases of colleges and universities calling on police to repress campus protests against the ongoing genocide in Gaza. We also deplore actions and statements from officials that seek to delegitimize student and faculty activists and their criticism of the war.

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Letter protesting the arrest and continued questioning of Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Our letter to the leadership of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and co-signed with the Association for Middle East Women's Studies vehemently protesting the persecution of Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, and specifically, her recent arrest and the investigations into her opinions and academic work.

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