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

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November 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
new orleans, louisiana

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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.

 

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Academic Freedom

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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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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. 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!

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Member Announcements

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If you are a victim of harassment or you witness harassment, please use this form to report the incident.  

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MESA 2019 Program Now Available 

A searchable 2019 annual meeting program is now available here. A printable pdf of the preliminary program is available here.

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

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. 

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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:

IRAP v. Trump

 

18 major scholarly societies join MESA in expressing concern about the Department of Education’s interpretation of Title VI

MESA and 18 other academic associations, representing over 100,000 concerned members, issue letter in response to allegations made by the DoE against the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, calling attention to the overly narrow and partisan conception of international studies contained in the letter, and pointing to past successes of Title VI programs in educating students and training experts with the needed depth and breadth in languages and regional and international studies.

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Gevork M. Avedissian Professorship of Armenian History and Civilization

Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University invites applications for a position in Armenian Studies, at the rank of associate or full professor. The department will review applications starting December 7, 2019 and will continue to accept them until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Council on Middle East Studies at The MacMillan Center, Yale University

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The Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for two post-doctoral positions at Yale University for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will begin accepting applications immediately with review beginning February 1, 2020 and continuing until the selections are final.

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House Committee on Education and Labor expresses concern and requests information from the DoE regarding Duke-UNC Consortium investigation

House Committee on Education and Labor requests documents and further information from the Department of Education and expresses deep concern over the implications for academic freedom of its public threats to the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies over its Title VI funding as a National Resource Center for area studies.

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Tenure-Track Instructor in Arabic Language and Culture

University of British Columbia, Department of Asian Studies

The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Arabic Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and developing curriculum in Arabic language and culture. Deadlline: November 28, 2019

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Tenure-Track Instructor in Persian Language and Culture

University of British Columbia, Department of Asian Studies

The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Persian Language and Culture at the rank of Instructor, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and developing curriculum in Persian language and culture. Deadline: December 18, 2019

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SERMEISS Article or Chapter Award for 2020

Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS)

SERMEISS is pleased to announce its second annual academic article or book chapter prize for 2020 to recognize outstanding scholarship in Middle Eastern or Islamic studies published as a peer-reviewed article or edited volume book chapter from any academic discipline in the social sciences or humanities from any time period). Deadline: March 1, 2020

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2020 SERMEISS Book Award

Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS)

SERMEISS is pleased to announce its academic book prize for 2020 to recognize outstanding scholarship in Middle Eastern or Islamic studies in any academic discipline in the social sciences or humanities from any time period. Deadline: March 1, 2020

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PERMES is a database of programs in Middle East studies, experts on the region, and other valuable resources. 

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