MESA has cosigned MLA's statement regarding academic labor and COVID-19, urging flexibility and empathy among faculty, students, and staff at institutions of higher education, including not only material support but also ethical imagination and commitment from academic institutes to both the individual and shared challenges facing our communities during this unprecedented pandemic.
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.
OCTOBER 10-13, 2020
MARRIOTT WARDMAN PARK
Join us in October for MESA’s 54th annual meeting!
The meeting features panels and roundtables on a wide variety of topics related to the broader Middle East and North Africa from the 600s until the present. The formal presentations and thematic conversations are complemented by an exciting film festival of documentaries, features, and shorts related to the region, as well as a comprehensive book exhibit featuring the latest publications in the field, in addition to a variety of other events and opportunities related to academic and professional careers in Middle East studies.
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.
Become a Member
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!
Cambridge University Press Halts Production and Distribution of Printed Journals
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cambridge University Press has decided to halt all journal issue printing from 25th March until further notice.
MESA Book Exhibit
Reservations are now being accepted for MESA 2020 to be held October 10-13 in Washington, DC. Exhibitors wanting to be included in the booth lottery need to submit their reservations by April 27.
Call for Papers - Undergraduate Research Workshop
The Committee on Undergraduate Middle East Studies (CUMES) is sponsoring an undergraduate research workshop to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. The workshop is an opportunity for students in any academic discipline with a focus on the Middle East to present their research to other students and to get feedback and research advice from faculty facilitators. The workshop will be led by a diverse group of Middle East studies scholars, drawn from CUMES, MESA award winners, and other leading academics. Deadline is May 1, 2020.
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
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Association for Iranian Studies, Inc.
The Association for Iranian Studies (AIS) is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief for its flagship journal Iranian Studies: Journal of the Association for Iranian Studies.
Review and Reappointment Processes For Tenure Line and Contingent Faculty During the COVID-19 Crisis
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA), in collaboration with scholarly societies led by the American Sociological Association (ASA), commends institutions of higher education for quickly taking steps to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and encourages all universities and colleges to consider appropriate temporary adjustments to their review and reappointment processes for tenure line and contingent faculty.
Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College invites proposals for Engaging Global Challenges Conference: Women, Voting, and Representation (September 24-26, 2020).
Calling for immediate release of Niloufar Bayani and her conservationist colleagues from Iran’s prison
Letter to Iranian authorities calling for the immediate release of Niloufar Bayani and her conservationist colleagues given the abusive detention practices and due process failures of their imprisonment.
Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University announces a call for participation to all those interested in sharing observations and experiences on "The Role of COVID-19 in pilgrimage to Saints’ Shrines and Sacred Sites."
Learn Colloquial Arabic at INALCO Summer School 2020 - Arabic dialects / Kurdish - Paris.
The University of the South
The International and Global Studies Program of The University of the South invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic language and culture, to begin August 2020.
The Board of Directors has issued an open letter to Durham University regarding the Vice Chancellor's decision to withdraw administrative services from the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), following the society’s vote on a resolution in favor of supporting the academic boycott of Israel last year. MESA is gravely concerned over the implications for academic freedom and freedom of expression over controversial issues — not only for our colleagues engaged in Middle East studies in Britain, but also for British academia more broadly.
Letter to Iranian authorities calling for the immediate release of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal amid their personal health crisis and deteriorating health conditions in the country’s prisons.
Denison University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor (1-year replacement) in International Studies for the 2020-21 academic year.
Letter to the president and executive vice chancellor of UCSC protesting disciplinary action against striking international graduate students.
Urging immediate release of Patrick Zaki and other scholars from Egyptian state pre-trial detention without justifiable cause
Letter urging the immediate release of Patrick Zaki, student at the University of Bologna, Italy, who has been detained by Egyptian security forces since 7 February 2020 and tortured. Letter also urges the immediate release of all students and scholars held in pre-trial detention without justification.
Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo regarding the U.S. government’s decision to bar prominent British-Israeli architect Dr. Eyal Weizman from entering the United States. Dr. Weizman had been invited by Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) for the opening of Forensic Architecture’s first major exhibition.
Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver responds to February 20 CAF letter regarding allegations of anti-Semitism.
University of Maryland, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland seeks applications for a position as a full-time lecturer, professional track, beginning Fall 2020.
Letter to the presidents of Pitzer and Pomona colleges regarding allegations by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
USC Department of Middle East Studies
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 Middle East Studies.
Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program - Indiana University
The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University invites applications for a Visiting Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year.
MESA joins 16 other associations from across the globe in concern for the recent policy changes by the Secrétariat général de la défense et de la sécurité nationale (SGDSN), imposing limitations on access to documents from 1940 to present, which includes all those held at the French Ministry of Defense Archives at Vincennes, and the possible extension to other archives with previously classified documents.