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 was held in Denver, Colorado from December 1-4, 2022 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Thank you for our many members and attendees for making it a success! The virtual FilmFest continues online for one more week 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 FilmFest Continues!

Thank you for attending MESA 2022 in Denver! Films remain available to stream until Monday, December 11.

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.

MESA Board Statement in support of protests in Iran

The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America condemns the ongoing and intensified Iranian government repression of protests. Pursuant to our commitment to promoting high standards of scholarship and teaching as well as defending academic freedom and the right to education, the Board declares its support of Iranian students, teachers, and scholars who have been risking (and giving) their lives to peacefully protest their government’s policies. We express our solidarity with our Iranian colleagues in Iran and the world over.

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CfP: Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics 2023 Conference

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) is pleased to announce the call for papers and panels for its 35th annual conference, "Socio-Economics in a Transitioning World: Breaking Lines and Alternative Paradigms for a New World Order", hosted by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 20-22 July 2023.

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Middle East Scholars Announce 2022 Academic Freedom Award Recipients

The 2022 MESA Academic Freedom Award has been given to 6 Palestinian NGOs — Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International - Palestine, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees — for their decades-long pursuit of academic freedom, courageous resilience, and contributions to the field of Middle East Studies.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Mashriq & Mahjar

Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies

This special issue (with guest editors Dr. Ella Fratantuono and Dr. Lucia Carminati) thus seeks to juxtapose varied experiences of and perspectives on young people’s migration in the history of the Middle East and North Africa. We welcome contributions including, but not limited to, scholarly articles as well as works of visual and/or audio art and literature.

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