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.
OCTOBER 5-17, 2020
Go to the Conference
Join us this October for MESA's 54th Annual Meeting Virtual Conference! For health and safety concerns posed by COVID-19, the conference will be held virtually. You can find an updated searchable program schedule here, a printable program here, and the updated program addendum here.
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.
Become a Member
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!
MESA is hiring!
We are seeking a DC-based full-time Programs Assistant, see details and how to apply here.
New Issue of Review of Middle East Studies available
RoMES 54:1 has been published. To access, select the Publications tab in your myMESA account then click the RoMES image.
MESA 2020 Awards Announced!
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
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.
Letter to President Erdoğan regarding the detention of Cihan Erdal, a doctoral candidate at Carleton University, apparently due to his having signed a letter in 2014 addressing events in Kobane, Syria while serving as a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
Letter regarding the restrictions on Kurdish language rights and studies in Turkey—undergraduate enrollment, research and writing in the language of study, recognition of publications towards scholarly promotion and employment opportunities for graduates
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Özyeğin University, Istanbul, invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position in Sociology to start Spring or Fall 2021.
Middle East Institute at Columbia University
The Middle East Institute at Columbia University invite applications for their MA programs in Islamic Studies or a dual degree MA in Islamic Studies and Muslim Cultures at Columbia (New York) and Aga Khan University (London) beginning January 2021.
Yale Council on Middle East Studies
The Yale Council on Middle East Studies and the Yale Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center invite applications for the position of Ehsan Yarshater Post-Doctoral Fellowship, beginning August 2021.
MESA 2020 Special Session 3-1 organized by Katie J. Hickerson, University of Chicago
Participants are invited to apply for an online course starting on January 11, 2021. The deadline for applications is Sunday, December 13.
Begins January 11, 2021
Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
AKU-ISMC invites participants to register for a two-day introductory course (December 11 and 18) on the theme of religious cultural heritage in the Middle East.
Begins December 11, 2020
New York University Abu Dhabi
NYUAD invites candidates with research, teaching and service experience to submit applications for the Dean of Arts & Humanities position.
Johns Hopkins University
The Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine invites applications for tenure-track faculty in the areas of pre-modern medicine.
Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
IMES at GWU invites participants to register for a conversation with Noah Salomon and Joel Blecher on November 20 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.
Begins November 20, 2020
Fourteen individuals in nine categories including the Academic Freedom Award, Mentoring, Service, and three book awards, were honored at MESA's 2020 Awards Ceremony held October 11, 2020,
Palestinian American Research Center
Candidates are invited to submit applications for the 22nd annual U.S. research fellowship competition for research that will contribute to Palestinian Studies.
2021-2022 NEH/FPIRI Fellowships for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine
Palestinian American Research Center
Candidates are invited to submit applications for the 9th National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition.
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
CNES at UCLA invites participants to register for a lecture with Benjamin Thomas White on October 27, at 10:00 am Pacific Time.
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU
Participants are invited to register for an online discussion with Amal Khalaf, An Xiao Mina, Rebecca Stein, and discussant Nicholas Mirzoeff on October 29, at 12:30 pm (EST).
Begins October 29, 2020