MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom has issued a resource guide for college and university leaders on actions they can take to counteract a secretive, political organization called Canary Mission that uses its website to engage in defamatory attacks against college students and faculty who engage in advocacy for Palestinian rights and academic inquiry about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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.
November 15-18, 2018
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Join us this November for MESA’s 52nd annual meeting in The Lone Star State. Attendees will enjoy three days of academic panels, a bustling book bazaar, and a film festival screening the latest in documentary films on the Middle East.
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!
PROGRAM RESULTS - Now Available!
If you submitted a proposal for the MESA 2018 meeting in San Antonio, please log into your myMESA account to see if your submission was placed on the program. MESA does not sent individual acceptance/rejection letters.
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS - Register by May 15
The deadline for program participants to register for the MESA 2018 meeting is May 15; all other attendees not participating on a session have until October 23 to pre-register.
CAF’s Resource Guide on Canary Mission
MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom has issued a resource guide for college and university leaders on actions they can take to counteract a secretive, political organization called Canary Mission that uses its website to engage in defamatory attacks against college students and faculty who engage in advocacy for Palestinian rights and academic inquiry about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Follow MESA’s Work on the Muslim Travel Ban
When President Trump issued Executive Order 13769 (the first Muslim travel ban) on January 7, 2017, MESA and the ACLU began discussing ways in which MESA could be useful in a lawsuit against the ban. MESA ultimately joined as a plaintiff in IRAP v. Trump. Now in its third iteration, the Muslim travel ban continues to be challenged in court. A timeline of MESA's involvement with the lawsuit:
Press release from MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom: "Committee on Academic Freedom Shines Light on Secretive Website that Defames Students; Offers Resource for College Leaders to Take Action
MESA seeks a new editor for the International Journal of Middle East Studies for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Review of applications begins August 1, 2018.
Middle East Studies Association
Applications are invited for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Workshop to be held during the MESA 2018 meeting in San Antonio. Application Deadline: June 1, 2018.
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
2018 Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, October 2-3, 2018.
Begins October 02, 2018
Job opening at Towson University: 10-month Visiting Assistant Professor in the history of Islam/history of the modern Middle East.
Virginia Common Wealth University
Call for conference chairs to organize panels for the 8th Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art to be held in Doha, November 7-9, 2019. Deadline: June 1, 2018.
Begins November 07, 2019
The Aga Khan University, Inst. for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Rethinking the "Arab Spring" and Its Aftermath in the Maghreb, April 27-28, 2018, Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
Begins April 27, 2018
1st International Conference on Social Responsibility of Educational Institutions in Developing Countries (ICSEDC)
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts & Science
1st International Conference on Social Responsibility of Educational Institutions in Developing Countries (ICSEDC), August 24-25, 2018.
Begins August 24, 2018
University of California, Los Angeles
Job opening at UCLA: Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Jewish Studies. Application Deadline: May 22, 2018.
Fourth Annual Conference of the Iranian Studies Initiative: Slavery and Sexual Labor in the Middle East and North Africa
University of California, Santa Barbara
Fourth Annual Conference of the Iranian Studies Initiative: Slavery and Sexual Labor in the Middle East and North Africa, October 19-20, 2018 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018.
Begins October 19, 2018
Letter to UAE authorities regarding the one-year anniversary of the detention of Ahmed Mansoor, an internationally-acclaimed human rights activist and recipient of the 2015 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, and drawing attention to the imprisonment of dozens of other academics, lawyers, opposition figures, and human rights activists in the UAE.
Columbia University Global Center in Paris
Conceptions and Configurations of the Arabic Literary Canon Workshop, June 17-21, 2019 at the Columbia University Global Center in Paris. Submission Deadline: June 18, 2018.
Begins June 17, 2019
Letter to Iranian authorities expressing concern regarding the sentencing of Professor Sadegh Zibakalam for his interview with Deutsche Welle Persian Service on the December 2017 protests in Iran.
Letter to PM Yıldırım concerning the Boğaziçi University students who were detained and arrested over their peaceful antiwar protests.
University of Denver
Job opening at University of Denver: Assistant Professor of African Studies.
University of Arizona, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Job opening at the University of Arizona: Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language. Review begins immediately and continues until filled.
Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Job opening at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz: Junior Professor (m/f) in “Geography of Social Media and Digital Cultures“. Application Deadline: May 1, 2018.