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

2019 Board Election

All full MESA Members (fellow, honorary fellow, and student) are asked to cast their votes in the 2019 Election of Members of the Board.

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

 

Lecturer in Arabic Language

University of Florida

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, renewable, nine-month, non-tenure-accruing position at the rank of Lecturer in Arabic Language and Literature, beginning August 16, 2020.

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At the Corner of a Dream, Launching a Solo Exhibition and Book by Bahia Shehab

Aga Khan University

The show, her first solo presentation in the UK, is comprised of five digital artworks produced by the artist in 2019 about the poetry murals she has painted in four different cities: Cairo, New York, Beirut and Marrakesh, as well as the Greek island of Cephalonia. These have been inspired by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) — the show’s title is a line from one of his poems.

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Assistant Professor in Jewish History

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in Jewish History at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2020. Priority Deadline: October 25, 2019

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Medieval and Early Modern Islamic Literature and Criticism seminar at ACLA’s 2020 Annual Meeting

American Comparative Literature Association

Rob Ames and Paul Anderson are organizing a seminar on medieval and early modern Islamic literature and criticism for the upcoming American Comparative Literature Association conference in Chicago next year (March 19th-22nd, 2020). Call for papers deadline: September 23, 2019

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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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MESA offers several ways to stay connected, including a young-people-approved presence on Facebook and Twitter, oldie but goodie listservs, and trusty email notifications. To find out more, please follow the link below.

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