Letter from MESA Board to Stanford University expressing deep disappointment and dismay over the decision to drastically cut support of its university press.
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 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
new orleans, louisiana
Join us in November for MESA’s 53rd annual meeting in The Big Easy. 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.
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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. 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!
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
MESA 2019 Results Now Available in myMESA
MESA’s Program Committee completed its program deliberations and the results are now available through myMESA. Log into the portal now to see the results!
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:
The UCLA Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in 16th through mid-19th century Ottoman history. Deadline: October 15, 2019
Book Launch: Stéphane Pradines’ La Collection d’armes orientales de Pierre Loti (Pierre Loti’s Collection of Oriental Arms and Armour)
Aga Khan University
The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is delighted to invite you to the launch of Stéphane Pradines' new book; La Collection d’armes orientales de Pierre Loti (Pierre Loti’s Collection of Oriental Arms and Armour) on Monday 24 June 2019.
The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the online course, Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges.
University of Bonn
Applications are invited for Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships at the Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg for the Islamicate Intellectual History of the Later Middle and Early Modern periods at the University of Bonn, to commence on 1 October 2019 for nine months.
Aga Khan University
The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is delighted to invite you to the event " Islamic Law and Gender Equality in the Balance: Inheritance Law Reform in Tunisia" on Thursday 13 June 2019.
Begins June 13, 2019
MESA joined as a signer with other professional societies on a letter to Stanford University administration's recent decision to drastically cut support of their university press.
University of Chicago
The Initiative on Islam and Medicine’s Islamic Bioethics Symposium set to take place in conjunction with the Fifth Islam and Bioethics International Conference (following Haifa University 2001, Penn State University 2006, Ankara Turkey 2010, and Coimbra Portugal 2015) will take place on October 21, 2019 at the University of Chicago.
Begins October 18, 2019
American Center of Oriental Research
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) seeks a Director to lead a wide-ranging research program that orchestrates extensive partnerships with U.S. and Jordanian government agencies, universities, and academics. Deadline: July 8, 2019
Carnegie Middle East Center
The Carnegie Middle East Center's Program on Civil Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS) seeks a Research Manager to lead the design and construction of an innovative online platform dealing with civil-military relations in Arab states.
University of Rochester
The Department of Religion and Classics at University of Rochester invites applications for a full-time appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic Language and Literature.
A federal court in Maryland has rejected the Trump administration’s bid to outright dismiss IRAP v. Trump, a lawsuit challenging the president’s Muslim ban executive order that bars people from select Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the United States.
MESA is very pleased to report that Dr. Hatoon al-Fassi was released from prison in Saudi Arabia on May 2, 2019, and has been allowed to return home to her family. Dr. al-Fassi is a renowned historian of women in pre-Islamic Arabia, a prominent advocate for women's rights, and a long-time member of MESA. She was the recipient in November 2018, in absentia, of the MESA Academic Freedom Award, the highest recognition MESA can bestow in acknowledgement of contributions to academic freedom. Dr. al-Fassi's release has been characterized as "temporary;" we continue to call for her full exoneration. We call, as well, for the release of the other women's rights advocates who remain in detention.
The Institute for Advanced Study
Postdoctoral scholars invited to apply for 2020-21 memberships at IAS in all fields of historical research. Deadline: October 15, 2019
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ)
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) welcomes the submission of papers for the July 5th special issue on Computer-Assisted Language Learning (July 2019). Deadline: May 31, 2019
University of Cambridge
The transformation of sectarian political identities in the Middle East workshop will be held at the University of Cambridge on January 24, 2020. Abstract submission deadline: July 15, 2019
Brookings Doha Center
Brookings Doha Center invites applications for a Joint Visiting Fellowship. Deadline: May 31, 2019
The Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) Research Travel Grants and Literature Awards
The Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS)
SERMEISS is pleased to announce the initiation of a research travel grant program and annual literature awards.
Letter to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Supreme Court Justices and Registrars, Ministers Shaked and Deri expressing grave concerns regarding the Jerusalem District Court’s decision to uphold the deportation of Mr. Omar Shakir on the basis of his human rights advocacy. CAF calls on the Israeli Supreme Court to reverse the district court’s decision. CAF also calls on the Interior Ministry to cease deporting or barring people from entry on the basis of their political views.