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 virtually from November 29-December 3, 2021.

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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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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 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.

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 Support of Palestinians

MESA’s Board of Directors condemns the ongoing Israeli government assault on the Palestinian people. It views the damaging and targeting of educational facilities and violence toward students and teachers as part of a systematic domination of Palestinians. We recognize there can be no academic freedom and adequate access to education, so long as there is apartheid.

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Pinned Story

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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Letter regarding the termination and deportation of Yemeni scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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.

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Afghanistan Teach-In

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.

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Call for Papers: Travel and Mobility in the Middle East and North Africa

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.

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ARISC Forum on Strategizing Academic Placement

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.

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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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