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.
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.
November 15-18, 2018
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Join us this November for MESA’s 52nd annual meeting in The Lone Star State. 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.
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!
MESA Awards Nominations and Submissions
MESA Mentoring Award (accepting nominations)
Jere L. Bacharach Service Award (accepting nominations)
Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards (Deadline: July 1)
MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize (Deadline: August 15)
MESA Undergraduate Education Award (Deadline: August 31)
Now Available! Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) Vol 52 Issue 1
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.
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:
Press release from MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom: "Committee on Academic Freedom Shines Light on Secretive Website that Defames Students; Offers Resource for College Leaders to Take Action
MESA seeks a new editor for the International Journal of Middle East Studies for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Review of applications begins August 1, 2018.
Letter to Agence France Presse protesting the publication on 5 June 2018 of a heavily biased and misinformed article by Shatha Yaish regarding the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Qatar and its founder, Dr. Azmi Bishara.
Film and Visual Media in the Gulf: Images, Infrastructures, and Institutions: Connecting Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the World
New York University Abu Dhabi
Film and Visual Media in the Gulf: Images, Infrastructures, and Institutions connecting Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the world, 28–30 October 2018. Sponsored by New York University Abu Dhabi.
Begins October 28, 2018
Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research/The A Project
Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research and The A Project call for submissions for a joint issue on "Centralizing Reproductive Justice." Submission deadline: August 19, 2018.
Conceptualizing Sectarianism: Perspectives on the Dynamics of Ethno-Religious Difference in Studying the Middle East and North Africa
Institute of Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology
Conceptualizing Sectarianization: Perspectives on the Dynamics of Ethno-Religious Difference in Studying the Middle East and North Africa, September 6-8, 2018.
Begins September 06, 2018
Scholars at Risk
Free online course on "Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters"
Woolf Institute (Cambridge)
The Woolf Institute announces an online course: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges
Association of Global South Studies (AGSS)
The Association of Global South Studies (AGSS) seeks an editor for the Journal of Global South Studies (JGSS). Review of applications begins August 1, 2018.
Letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees expressing serious concerns about the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018" recently introduced as H.R.5924 and S.2940 because the definition of anti-Semitism that it would require the Department of Education to adopt conflates criticism of Israeli policies and of Zionism with anti-Semitism, thereby endangering free speech rights and academic freedom at U.S. institutions of higher education.
New York Times Response to Issues Raised Regarding Its Acquisition and Unethical Use of Documents Removed from Iraq
The New York Times has responded to several issues raised by CAF's May 2, 2018 letter as well as questions sent in by other readers regarding the nearly 16,000 documents that journalist Rukmini Callimachi and her team removed from Iraq without permission of the relevant Iraqi authorities.
Call from Editors
Call for submissions for Islam in World Literary Imaginations. Edited by Sarah R. bin Tyeer, Claire Gallien and Mohammad Salama. Submission deadline: July 6, 2018.
American University in Cairo
Job opening(s) at the American University in Cairo: Core Teaching Fellowships at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. Three-year terms.