The MESA Global Academy, an initiative designed to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production among MENA-focused academics by providing competitive scholarships to displaced scholars from the MENA region currently located in North America, is thrilled to announce a call for applications for scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021. Applications are due by August 7.
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.
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. Program sessions are now scheduled between October 5-17, with the original meeting days of October 10-13 being reserved for MESA plenary events such as the presidential panel and awards ceremony, as well as some late-breaking sessions. You can find an updated program schedule 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.
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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!
MESA 2020 Call for Current Issues and Late-breaking Sessions
Deadline: August 18, 2020
We invite MESA members to submit special sessions to supplement the annual meeting program through presentations that are of broad interest across disciplines, and may also include submissions based on current events. Their unique and compelling nature should set them apart from other submission categories. Only a limited number of sessions will be granted special status on the program.
2020 Election of Officers
Deadline: September 15, 2020
All full MESA Members (fellow, honorary fellow, and student) are asked to cast their votes for President-Elect and Members of the Board.
MESA Global Academy Call for Applications
Deadline: August 7, 2020
The MESA Global Academy, an initiative providing competitive scholarships to displaced scholars from the MENA region currently located in North America, has announced a call for applications for scholarships for academic year 2020-21.
MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize Call for Submissions
Deadline: August 15, 2020
Graduate student research papers on any aspect of post 600 CE Middle East studies are sought for this blind review. Winner is awarded $250.
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
Registering incident of sexual harassment
If you are a victim of harassment or you witness harassment, please use this form to report the incident.
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.
To be listed in our Virtual Events section in "Resources and Opportunities," complete this Virtual Events Sharing form. We will simply include whatever registration process you already have in place, with the details you provide. This is a complimentary service to the Middle East studies community in support of reaching a broader audience for relevant events.
Letter regarding the case of Dr. Kayıhan Pala, a Public Health professor at Uludağ University, who faces a disciplinary investigation for sharing his scholarly views on the numbers of reported Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Bursa.
Concern for the safety of Australian-British dual national Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert imprisoned in Iran
Letter to Iranian authorities protesting the transfer of Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert from Evin to Qarchak prison and expressing grave concern for her safety and well-being.
New York University Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute invites scholars working in all areas of the humanities related to the study of the Arab world to apply for a residential fellowship, starting September 2021. Applications are due October 1, 2020.
Letter to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu about the most recent arrest and administrative detention of Dr. Imad Barghouti of Al-Quds University without charge or trial.
Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Texas at Austin
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin is opening up its first-year, intensive online language courses in Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish to students currently enrolled at any U.S. college or university for the Fall 2020 semester.
Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Candidates are invited to submit applications for appointment to a one-year open-rank position as Instructional Professor in modern Persian. All applicant materials must be received by August 24, 2020 at 11pm central time.
University of Minnesota
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time instructor of Arabic for the 2020-21 academic year (8/31/20-5/30/21). Applications are due August 3.
Letter regarding the case of Professor Bülent Şık whose research focuses on public health, food safety and the right to a healthy environment, and who was given a prison sentence for making public his research on industrial pollution.
Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Participants are invited to register for a two day online course, introducing Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view, on August 14-15.
Begins August 14, 2020
Michigan State University
Scholars in relevant fields are invited to submit abstracts for a two day conference on April 8-9. The deadline to apply is September 30.
Letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Concerning Its Decision to End Visa Exemptions for International Students
MESA has cosigned the letter from the MLA and other ACLS constituents to ICE concerning the revocation of temporary visa exemptions for international students and faculty members for the upcoming academic year.
Middle East Librarians Association
Participants are invited to submit proposals for MELA's 48th annual meeting, taking place virtually October 8-9. The theme for this year’s conference will be: “Pandemic, Crisis, and Cultural Institutions: The Intersection of Library Work with COVID-19 and Other Crises.” The deadline for submissions is July 1.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Vice Chancellor responds to June 3 CAF letter about Horowitz Center attack on Samer Alatout.
MESA has endorsed the Middle East Librarians Association Statement on Collection Development, Access, and Equity in the time of COVID-19 issued June 22, 2020. The statement concerns the preservation of funding allocations for acquiring materials from the region and other related issues.
Persistent targeting of Palestinian students through arbitrary arrests and detentions, often without trial
Letter to the Government of Israel protesting the ongoing obstruction of Palestinian higher education through the persistent targeting and detention of Palestinian students and the most recent spate of arbitrary arrests.
Participants are invited to submit papers for a special issue of IJMES, "Children and Political Agency: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives from the Middle East," with guest editors Chiara Diana and Nazan Maksudyan and IJMES editor Joel Gordon. The deadline for paper submissions is August 31.