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.
The Middle East Studies Association’s 58th annual meeting will be held virtually from November 11-15, 2024.
Submissions to the Call for Papers are now closed. Program decisions will be announced in May.
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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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MESA 2024 Call for Papers
If you submitted for MESA's 58th Annual Meeting to be held virtually in the fall of 2024, please check back in May for decisions from the Program Committee. In the meantime, please see the full call for papers and submission instructions here.
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
The Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in any aspect of the contemporary Middle East (except Egypt) beginning fall semester 2024.
2024 ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Contemporary Antisemitism Studies
Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy
Applications are now open for the annual ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Contemporary Antisemitism Studies be held at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, from 28 July to 9 August 2024.
Letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Center for Security, Race and Rights at Rutgers University-Newark Law School
Our letter expressing concern regarding the effort by Republican members of the Judiciary Committee to smear and delegitimize the Center for Security, Race and Rights at Rutgers University-Newark Law School and the executive director, Professor Sahar Aziz.
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Texas at Austin is offering online courses this summer at the Online Hebrew Summer Institute, the Pashto Online Summer Institute (POSI), and an online upper level language courses in Iranian Cinema.
Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies
This workshop seeks to expand on existing conversations and open new ones on the importance of Palestine in the wider American mahjar (land of migration), inviting contributions from scholars, writers, and activists. We particularly encourage applications from those working in Spanish and Portuguese language contexts with the aim of placing Latin America and the Caribbean into closer dialogue with Anglophone North America.
Histories of Photography from the Struggles for Independence: practices, circulations and aesthetics
National Institut of Art History of Paris
This symposium welcomes researchers, curators and photographers from all geographical areas. Proposals may concern any post-colonial period from the 19th to the 20th century. Abstracts in english or french (approx. 500 words) must be sent by May 31, 2024 at the latest, with a short biography, affiliation information, and a bibliography (for researchers)
Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Welcomes the MESA Secretariat
Brown University Library
Brown University Digital Publications invites applications for participation in an NEH Institute on Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps. The three-week hybrid Institute will take place virtually July 8–19 and in person at Brown University July 22–26, 2024. Participant travel, lodging, and per diem expenses will be covered for the in-person component.
Indiana University - Bloomington
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for a Visiting Lectureship position in the Persian Language, to begin in Fall 2024.
Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
In this webinar, the Middle East Institute will host Professor Mehran Kamrava to explain Iran’s resilience and key findings from his recently-released book, Righteous Politics: Power and Resilience in Iran. Prof Kamrava will also touch on Tehran’s foreign policy domain, which he observes as increasingly securitised in recent decades.
Our letter to the president and provost of York University expressing concern about a recent incident involving police disruption of an academic lecture.
Our letter to Iranian government authorities objecting to the ongoing attacks on academic freedom in Iran since September 2022 and specifically, the politically motivated dismissals of and other punitive measures taken against university professors who have supported their students' freedom of expression and right to engage in peaceful protest
University of Hull
Join us March 6 at 5pm GMT for an MESC Seminar with Ambassador Koray Ertaş
“How Sanctions Work: Iran and the Impact of Economic Warfare,” a Crown Seminar with Narges Bajoghli and Vali Nasr
Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University
Please join the Crown Center for Middle East Studies for an online Crown Seminar with Narges Bajoghli and Vali Nasr, in conversation with Naghmeh Sohrabi on March 13 from 11:00am–12:15pm EST.
British International School Cairo
A renowned British International School in Egypt is seeking to recruit Arabic language teachers who are bilingual (Arabic and English), apply dynamic and creative teaching styles and are willing to teach different school years.
Centre for Catholic Studies
The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) and the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham University is pleased to announce that the Call for Papers is now open for the Early Career and Postgraduate Conference for 2024.
MESA announces a call for applications by the end of summer 2024 for the editorship of its journal, the Review of Middle East Studies, published by Cambridge University Press.
University of Arizona, CASA
Applications for CASA I, II, and III are now due on Monday, March 4th, 2024.
Middle East and North Africa Studies Program at Christopher Newport University
Call for Papers: Exploring the Middle East: Dynamics, Challenges, and Perspectives February, 7-9, 2025
Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University
Please join the Crown Center for Middle East Studies for an online Crown Seminar with Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer, "Fallout From the Israel-Hamas War," on March 6 from 11:00am–12:15pm EST.