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

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November 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
new orleans, louisiana

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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.

 

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Academic Freedom

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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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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. 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!

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Member Announcements

Issue 53:1 of Review of Middle East Studies published online

Availabe to members though your myMESA account from the publications link.

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 2019 Program Now Available 

A searchable 2019 annual meeting program is now available here. A printable pdf of the preliminary program will be available in August.

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. 

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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:

IRAP v. Trump

 

Turkish Flagship Language Initiative Solicitation

The Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) invites applications for the development of the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI). The successful proposal will demonstrate capacity to provide domestic intensive summer language instruction, followed by fall overseas language instruction, in Turkish at a variety of levels. Deadline: August 15, 2019

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Call for papers - Common Legacies: Cultural and Historical Connectivities in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey

Economic Cooperation Organization Educational Institute (ECO–EI)

The Economic Cooperation Organization Educational Institute (ECO–EI) invites papers for its symposium "Common Legacies: Cultural and Historical Connectivities in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey." Deadline: August 25, 2019

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Call for papers: 34th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics

The Arabic Linguistics Society

Second Call for Papers: The Arabic Linguistics Society together with the University of Arizona’s School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies are pleased to announce the 34th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics to be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, on February 27-March 1, 2020. Deadline: November 1, 2019

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Limitations and restrictions to foreign nationals teaching at Palestinian universities

Letter demanding Israel lift the restrictions preventing international academics from staying and working in the West Bank, refrain from imposing arbitrary restrictions on the duration of stay or extension of stay for international academics, and order the publication of a clear and lawful procedure for issuing entry visas and work permits for international academics in the West Bank, to enable the university to manage and maintain its academic freedom.

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Call for papers: International workshop on criminal activity and its investigation in Africa and the Middle East

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

We invite scholars working on colonial and non-colonial empires in Africa and the Middle East, including the Ottoman, Safavid and Qajar Empires, to submit relevant proposals for an international workshop on the subject. We are interested in papers examining the world of the criminals, surveillance of criminals, witness interrogations, the use of forensic science, psychological aspects of crime investigations, etc, from the 18th through the 20th century.

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Call for Articles and Essays: Re-Orienting Arab Theatre and Performance: New Political Aesthetics

Critical Stages/Scènes critiques

Critical Stages/Scènes critiques invites paper submissions for issue #22, 2020. This issue will be dedicated to studies and attempts to “reorient” Arab theatre and performance in light of the radical transformations shaping the Middle East and North Africa both aesthetically and politically. Deadline: December 1, 2019

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Open Rank - Comparative Politics/Middle East

Colorado College

The Department of Political Science at Colorado College is hiring for a position in comparative politics, broadly defined. The rank is open. The position requires expertise in the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined. Crucial to the position is potential for, and commitment to, excellence in scholarship as well as in teaching at a liberal arts institution. Deadline: September 15, 2019

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Assistant Professor in Sociology

The American University in Cairo

The Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology (SEA) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is seeking to recruit for a four-year position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of sociology beginning in the fall 2020. Deadline: November 1, 2019

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

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