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 55th annual meeting will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada at the Palais des congrès from October 28-31, 2021.

Here are links to further details on the hotels and convention center as well as travel information.

Program participants need to register by May 15 and the deadline for all others (general attendees, book exhibitors) is September 15. 


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Advocacy

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

2021 Awards Program

MESA Mentoring Award 

The award recognizes exceptional contributions retired faculty have made to the education and training of others.
Deadline: June 1 Guidelines

Jere L. Bacharach Service Award

The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding service to MESA or the profession. Service is defined broadly to include work in diverse areas, including but not limited to outreach, librarianship, and film. Winner is awarded $1,000. 
Deadline: June 1 Guidelines

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards 

Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 may submit entries for the 2021 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards. The competition is meant to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing for/of dissertations in Middle East studies. Winner in each category (social sciences and humanities) is awarded $1,000. 
Deadline: July 1  Guidelines

MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize 

Graduate student research papers on any aspect of post 600 CE Middle East studies that have not been previously submitted for pubication are sought for this blind review. Winner is awarded $250.
Deadline: August 15 Guidelines

MESA Undergraduate Education Award 

The award recognizes outstanding scholarship on teaching or other material contributions to undergraduate education in Middle East studies. Winner is awarded $250. 
Deadline: August 31 Guidelines

 

Recent Issues of IJMES and RoMES 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 solidarity with the uprisings against systemic racism and anti-Blackness

MESA pledges to oppose anti-Black racist violence by addressing the structural injustice at work in our own organization, in the field of Middle East studies, and among communities in the region. Guided by the principles articulated here, we commit to eradicating anti-Blackness in our organization and in the knowledge we produce.

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The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange Issues a Request for Proposal to Hire a Consultancy Firm

The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan

The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (aka the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan) seeks a Consultancy Firm, which specializes in governance and compliance, to review and revise its internal policies and procedures. The deadline to receive applications is May 15th, 2021.

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The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange Issues a Request for Proposal to Hire a Recruitment Firm

The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan

The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (aka the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan) seeks a Recruitment Agency with experience in U.S. higher educational exchange and/or U.S. government exchange programs to lead the recruitment of an Executive Director (ED) of the Fulbright Commission in Jordan. The deadline to receive applications is May 15th, 2021.

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CFP: 2021 Symposium on Education in Muslim Societies: Implications for Policy, Pedagogy, and Development

Indiana University

The Indiana University School of Education and the Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) initiative of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invite papers for the fifth Symposium on Education in Muslim Societies: Implications for Policy, Pedagogy, and Development. The Symposium will be held virtually at the School of Education in Bloomington, Indiana, on November 10-12, 2021.

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PERMES Masthead

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

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