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The Middle East Studies Association’s 55th annual meeting will be held virtually from November 29-December 3, 2021.
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2021 Annual Meeting Going Virtual
Due primarily to the Delta variant and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually the week after American Thanksgiving.
Volunteer Chairs Needed
Volunteers are invited to chair put-together panels assembled from individually submitted papers at the MESA 2021 Annual Meeting. To volunteer, view the list of sessions, then fill out the Chair Request Form posted on the bottom of that page. Please note that MESA membership and annual meeting registration are required of all meeting participants.
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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.
California State University, Pomona, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona seeks tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor for the 2022-2023 academic year. Priority consideration will be given to applications received before November 15, 2021.
The McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies seeks Faculty Lecturer (Persian language). The application deadline is December 1, 2021.
Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations invites participants to attend Governance Programme Dialogue Series 2021/2022 on Population Surveillance, the Body, and Mobility. The event is scheduled for December 1, 2021 at 17:00-18:30 (London Time).
Letter to Saudi authorities expressing concern about the reported dismissals of Yemeni scholars, physicians and other professionals from their positions at universities in the southern provinces of al-Baha, Asir, Jazan and Najran.
The Department of History at Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor as the Richard W. Bulliet Chair of Islamic History to begin July 1, 2022. Application review will begin November 5, 2021.
The Department of French at Connecticut College invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in North African North African Francophone Studies to begin July 1, 2022. Application review will begin November 15.
Johns Hopkins University Program in Islamic Studies
The Program in Islamic Studies and the Program in International Studies at Johns Hopkins University invite participants to attend virtual Afghanistan Teach-In. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 3:00-4:30 pm EST.
Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society
The Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) invites scholars (including advanced doctoral students) to submit paper proposals for its Spring 2022 workshop, to be held April 9-10, 2022 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. The proposal deadline is December 31, 2021.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo seeks a full-time, tenure-track, academic year Assistant Professor of World History, c. 1000-1800 CE, to begin September 12, 2022. Application review will begin November 5, 2021.
The Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University seeks an Assistant Professor whose scholarship focuses on contemporary European literature and Philosophy. Application review will begin November 15, 2021.
Peter Lang Publishing
Peter Lang Publishing announces call for book proposals on Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS)
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) announces Winter School, a 10-day program from January 3-13, 2022, open to advanced graduate students and early career researchers in the social sciences and humanities.
Binghamton University seeks Assistant Professor in Literatures of the Global South. Application review will begin November 15, 2021.
Utah State University
The Department of History at Utah State University seeks tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the Middle East, specializing in any period from the medieval to the modern. Application review will begin November 1, 2021.
Middle East Institute NUS
The Middle East Institute NUS invites participants to attend virtual event on the politics of sport among the Gulf states with Simon Chadwick. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 5pm to 6pm SGT.
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) invites participants to attend virtual Forum on Strategizing Academic Placement, a 75-minute discussion and Q&A session on different pathways in academic placement for graduate students specializing in the South Caucasus, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and adjacent fields. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST.