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  

The Middle East Studies Association’s 56th annual meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado from December 1-4, 2022 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown  Hotel.  The tentative schedule includes over 250 sessions on a wide range of topics.  For further details on sessions, see the searchable program

To register or for further information on registration, please see here.

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) advocates on behalf of its members on issues that are central to its mission.

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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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. Help MESA defend academic freedoms. Share your research at the annual meeting. Access the best, cutting-edge scholarship in person at the conference or online in our journals.

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Member Announcements

MESA 2022 Program Schedule Now Available

Check out the MESA 2022 searchable program in the recently upgraded myMESA or see a prelimiary program as a pdf. 
The program includes over 250 sessions on a wide range of topics. While subject to change, all changes are reflected immediately. 

MESA Strategic Plan

MESA has adopted a strategic plan for 2021-2025. To view the plan or for more information, please see 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

There are two active security alerts issued by MESA’s Board of Directors for those embarking on research in Egypt and UAE.

Middle East Scholars Vote to Endorse BDS

The membership of MESA has voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions of Israel as a way to hold the government accountable for ongoing human rights violations. MESA’s Board of Directors will implement it in a manner consistent with MESA’s bylaws as well as relevant U.S. federal, state, and local laws. The resolution states that the boycott will not target individual students or scholars, and reiterates the right of individual MESA members to choose whether or not they wish to participate in an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.

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Pinned Story

Saharanism: Intellectual and Literary Histories of a Desert-focused Imagination

Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University

In this virtual Crown Seminar, El Guabli, in conversation with Samia Henni, will explore how racialization, extraction, and emptiness have been central to this powerful desert imaginary, which he calls "Saharanism," in sources as varied as colonial scholarship and today's literature, film, and social media.

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Kuwait Chair of Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Prof./Prof. of Practice of Int’l Affairs

George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs invites nominations and applications for a full-time, non-tenure-accruing, contract faculty position as the Kuwait Chair of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs and Professor/Professor of Practice of International Affairs.

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