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!
PROGRAM RESULTS - Now Available!
If you submitted a proposal for the MESA 2018 meeting in San Antonio, please log into your myMESA account to see if your submission was placed on the program. MESA does not sent individual acceptance/rejection letters.
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS - Register by May 15
The deadline for program participants to register for the MESA 2018 meeting is May 15; all other attendees not participating on a session have until October 23 to pre-register.
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.
Middle East Studies Association
Applications are invited for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Workshop to be held during the MESA 2018 meeting in San Antonio. Application Deadline: June 1, 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.
Letter regarding the Israeli government's facilitating and directing abusive actions, including cyberbullying, against students at universities in the United States who have been active in campaigns for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Letter to Israeli state authorities criticizing the interrogation, deportation, and blacklisting of Columbia University Professor Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vince Warren.
Letter to Iranian authorities concerning the arrest of Iranian-British Professor Abbas Edalat during his recent visit to Iran to attend an academic workshop, with charges of espionage raised against him.
Acquisition and Unethical Use of Documents Removed from Iraq by New York Times Journalist Rukmini Callimachi
Letter to the New York Times concerning Rukmini Callimachi’s series “The ISIS Files” that employs nearly 16,000 documents removed from Iraq by her and her team without permission of the relevant Iraqi authorities. In addition to the complete disregard for the myriad legal, professional, ethical, and moral issues involved, including endangering individuals by the reckless publication of unredacted documents, their removal from Iraq is a violation of a number of international customary laws.
Letter to Israeli state authorities expressing alarm about Israel’s mistreatment and administrative detention of Omar al-Kiswani, president of the Birzeit University student council. CAF deplores Israel’s practice of administrative detention as well as the conditions under which al-Kiswani is being held. They violate international humanitarian law, al-Kiswani's right to education, and they disrupt the university’s learning environment.
University of Virginia
Job opening at the University of Virginia: Instructional Position to Teach Persian Language and Literature. Review of applications begins May 14, 2018.
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
2018 Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, October 2-3, 2018.
Begins October 02, 2018
Job opening at Towson University: 10-month Visiting Assistant Professor in the history of Islam/history of the modern Middle East.
Virginia Common Wealth University
Call for conference chairs to organize panels for the 8th Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art to be held in Doha, November 7-9, 2019. Deadline: June 1, 2018.
Begins November 07, 2019