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 10-13, 2020
MARRIOTT WARDMAN PARK
Join us in October for MESA’s 54th annual meeting!
The meeting features panels and roundtables on a wide variety of topics related to the broader Middle East and North Africa from the 600s until the present. The formal presentations and thematic conversations are complemented by an exciting film festival of documentaries, features, and shorts related to the region, as well as a comprehensive book exhibit featuring the latest publications in the field, in addition to a variety of other events and opportunities related to academic and professional careers in Middle East studies.
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!
MESA is also seeking a full-time assistant in the Washington DC office.
MESA 2020 Call for Papers
Instructions and important information for submitting proposals are now available.
Deadline: February 18, 2020
2020 Nominating Committee Election
Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) and encouraged to cast their vote for the 2020 Nominating Committee.
Deadline: March 2, 2020
MESA Global Academy
Apply for Spring 2020 opportunities! Fellowships are for displaced Middle East studies scholars from the Middle East and North Africa who are residing in North America.
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
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Middle East Studies Association
The Middle East Studies Association is seeking a part-time Washington, DC-based Program Manager to implement MESA’s Global Academy, a new interdisciplinary initiative to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production between MENA-based scholars and their counterparts outside the region.
American Institute for Afghanistan Studies
AIAS invites applications for the support of short-term research that will advance the knowledge and scholarship of Afghanistan.
Urging immediate release of Patrick Zaki and other scholars from Egyptian state pre-trial detention without justifiable cause
Letter urging the immediate release of Patrick Zaki, student at the University of Bologna, Italy, who has been detained by Egyptian security forces since 7 February 2020 and tortured. Letter also urges the immediate release of all students and scholars held in pre-trial detention without justification.
Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo regarding the U.S. government’s decision to bar prominent British-Israeli architect Dr. Eyal Weizman from entering the United States. Dr. Weizman had been invited by Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) for the opening of Forensic Architecture’s first major exhibition.
University of Maryland, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland seeks applications for a position as a full-time lecturer, professional track, beginning Fall 2020.
Letter to the presidents of Pitzer and Pomona colleges regarding allegations by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
USC Department of Middle East Studies
The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Middle East Studies.
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) announces the first Aga Khan University Research Day, which will be held in the Aga Khan Centre, London, on 26 March 2020.
Department of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Haifa
The Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Haifa, Israel, invites applications for a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) position to begin October 2021, pending budgetary approval.
Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program - Indiana University
The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University invites applications for a Visiting Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year.
MESA joins 16 other associations from across the globe in concern for the recent policy changes by the Secrétariat général de la défense et de la sécurité nationale (SGDSN), imposing limitations on access to documents from 1940 to present, which includes all those held at the French Ministry of Defense Archives at Vincennes, and the possible extension to other archives with previously classified documents.
Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century is hosted by Georgetown University's Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Featuring Keynote Speaker Prince Zeid bin Ra' ad al-Hussein of Jordan and four distinguished panelists.
Letter to the Chancellor of UCLA on the Department of Education's Investigation.
UF-Bob Graham Center/International Studies
The International Studies Program at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track appointment at the rank of Lecturer in the Middle East and North Africa with a preferred primary area of specialization in global health, governance, civil society, or development, broadly defined beginning August 16, 2020.
Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies, Royal Holloway University of London
The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London (CIWAS) is pleased to offer up to 10 postgraduate bursaries for its MA in Islamic & West Asian Studies programme.
The Middle East Studies Association is joined by seven fellow associations of the American Council of Learned Societies in deep concern over the continued politicization of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the threat that its ongoing investigations into New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles represents to academic freedom. Political speech is and must remain constitutionally protected in the United States, and should not be conflated with bigotry for partisan political purposes. We condemn racism in all forms, and oppose in the strongest possible terms any form of discrimination against or harassment of Jewish students. The government's instrumentalization and abuse of the issue of anti-Semitism is an unwelcome intrusion at our institutions of higher education, intending to intimidate faculty and police political debates on campuses.