MESA announces its new headquarters at the George Washington University and the hiring of a new Executive Director.
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 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
new orleans, louisiana
Join us in November for MESA’s 53rd annual meeting in The Big Easy. 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!
2019 Board Election
All full MESA Members (fellow, honorary fellow, and student) are asked to cast their votes in the 2019 Election of Members of the Board.
MESA 2019 Program Now Available
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
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:
U.S. Department of State
The application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! Students are welcome to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program. Deadline: November 19, 2019
University of Florida
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, renewable, nine-month, non-tenure-accruing position at the rank of Lecturer in Arabic Language and Literature, beginning August 16, 2020.
Aga Khan University
The show, her first solo presentation in the UK, is comprised of five digital artworks produced by the artist in 2019 about the poetry murals she has painted in four different cities: Cairo, New York, Beirut and Marrakesh, as well as the Greek island of Cephalonia. These have been inspired by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) — the show’s title is a line from one of his poems.
ACOR Fellowship opportunities for the 2020–2021 academic year are now online and the application portal is open at https://orcfellowships.fluidreview.org.
Georgetown University in Qatar
Georgetown University in Qatar invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). Review begins November 1, 2019.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in Jewish History at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2020. Priority Deadline: October 25, 2019
California State University, Long Beach
The Department of History at California State University, Long Beach invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Modern World History with an emphasis in either the African Diaspora, the Islamicate, or South Asia at the rank of Assistant Professor. Deadline: November 1, 2019
The Department of Near Eastern Studies together with the Jewish Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, invites applications from distinguished scholars to hold the Herbert and Stephanie Neuman Professorship in Hebrew and Jewish Literature.
Pennsylvania State University
The Department of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position (tenure-track) with a specialization in comparative approaches to Arabic literatures and cultures. Review begins November 1, 2019.
“Understanding Political Discourse: Methods and Practice with Reference to the Middle East and North Africa”
Aga Khan University
The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, is organising the short course "Understanding Political Discourse: Methods and Practice with Reference to the Middle East and North Africa" on 7-9 November 2019 at the Aga Khan Centre.
Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN)
Beyond ‘Jewish-Muslim Relations’ invites scholars of Jewish and Muslim histories, cultures, politics, theologies and peoples to share comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of these topics as they relate to and come into contact with one another. Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2019
American Comparative Literature Association
Rob Ames and Paul Anderson are organizing a seminar on medieval and early modern Islamic literature and criticism for the upcoming American Comparative Literature Association conference in Chicago next year (March 19th-22nd, 2020). Call for papers deadline: September 23, 2019
Harvard Law School
The Program for Islamic Law (PIL) is recruiting a Cambridge-based Associate Director with top-notch research, development, and program management skills to administer the Program, with particular emphasis on building its online portal combining Islamic law and data science / AI.
The Department of Religious Studies at Rhodes College announces an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Islamic Studies beginning Fall of 2020. Review begins October 21, 2019.
Georgetown University in Qatar
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) aims to recruit a teaching-oriented faculty member in Arabic Language. Review begins October 1, 2019.
North Carolina State University
The Department of History and Program in International Studies (IS) at North Carolina State University (NC State) invite applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in the history of the Modern Middle East at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2020. Review begins October 15, 2019.
MESA and other scholarly organizations have written to Israeli authorities regarding procedures for visas and work permits for international academics working in Palestine.
Letter to Israel authorities about restrictions on international academics working in Palestinian universities
MESA and other scholarly societies issue letter that calls upon Israel authorities to issue a transparent policy that allows entry and the presence of foreign faculty and staff on Palestinian university campuses in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law.
Applications now open for two postdoctoral fellowships (9 months & 12 months respectively) for the project “Avicenna East & West I: Commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs” (FRS-FNRS; UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Review begins: Oct. 1, 2019
Aga Khan University
The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, is delighted to invite you to the upcoming event "Arabic LADO in the UK Asylum System: Does It Work?" on 2 October 2019.