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.
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 Precarity Survey
The MESA Board of Directors constituted a committee on precarity and adjunctification in the field, focusing on the ongoing strutural problems in higher education made acute by the pandemic. We would like to do more for our precarious members. Please weigh in via this open-ended survey: let us know what would be most helpful for MESA to do, in order to support our colleagues, and let us know how you have been affected personally.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS
Consider nominating students, mentors, colleagues, and worthy individuals for one of MESA’s awards or the undergraduate workshop. Please share widely.
Submission deadline: July 1, 2020
Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 may submit entries for the 2020 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards recognizing exceptional achievement in research and writing for doctoral dissertations in Middle East studies. Winner in each category (social sciences and humanities) is awarded $1000.
Deadline: August 15, 2020
Graduate student research papers on any aspect of post 600 CE Middle East studies are sought for this blind review. Winner is awarded $250.
Cambridge University Press Halts Production and Distribution of Printed Journals
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cambridge University Press has decided to halt all journal issue mailing from March 25 until further notice.
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Participants are invited to learn about coffee and conservation science with the UAE and Earth Optimism programs on July 5, a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program, "United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape Living Memory."
Begins July 05, 2020
Middle East Institute, NUS
MEI at NUS invites participants to register for a public talk featuring Ms. Mandy Tan, who will share her experience working in Dubai as a trailer producer. This event is part of the MEI Salon Series and will take place on July 28.
Begins July 28, 2020
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Participants are invited to a virtual demonstration and discussion with Hattem Mattar and Berj Ghazarian about cross-cultural barbecue on Friday, July 3, a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program, "United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape Living Memory."
Begins July 03, 2020
Middle East Institute, NUS
MEI NUS invites participants to register for a public talk on Thursday, July 2, featuring speaker, Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki.
Begins July 02, 2020
Middle East Librarians Association
Participants are invited to submit proposals for MELA's 48th annual meeting, taking place virtually October 8-9. The theme for this year’s conference will be: “Pandemic, Crisis, and Cultural Institutions: The Intersection of Library Work with COVID-19 and Other Crises.” The deadline for submissions is July 1.
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Candidates are invited to submit applications for the position of part-time lecturer in Modern and Classical Arabic, starting on September 1, 2020. The deadline for applicant materials is 11 pm Central time, on July 28.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Vice Chancellor responds to June 3 CAF letter about Horowitz Center attack on Samer Alatout.
MESA has endorsed the Middle East Librarians Association Statement on Collection Development, Access, and Equity in the time of COVID-19 issued June 22, 2020. The statement concerns the preservation of funding allocations for acquiring materials from the region and other related issues.
Persistent targeting of Palestinian students through arbitrary arrests and detentions, often without trial
Letter to the Government of Israel protesting the ongoing obstruction of Palestinian higher education through the persistent targeting and detention of Palestinian students and the most recent spate of arbitrary arrests.
Institute for Middle East Studies, The George Washington University
IMES at the George Washington University invites participants to join their virtual event on July 15, where Dr. Laleh Khalili and Dr. Pascal Menoret will discuss Dr. Khalili's new publication "Sinews of War and Trade."
Begins July 15, 2020
Participants are invited to submit papers for a special issue of IJMES, "Children and Political Agency: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives from the Middle East," with guest editors Chiara Diana and Nazan Maksudyan and IJMES editor Joel Gordon. The deadline for paper submissions is August 31.
MESA is pleased to report that the prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison – albeit under “severe restrictions” – after serving four of a five-year sentence.
Letter regarding the recent amendments made to Turkey’s Higher Education Law that enable arbitrary and unconstitutional forms of punishment against faculty and politically motivated closures of private universities.
Concordia Language Villages
Candidates are invited to submit applications for the position of Instructor of Pashto Language and Culture for an intensive isolated immersion course currently scheduled to run from September 10 to September 30, 2020.
Letter to the University of Wisconsin protesting the Horowitz Center’s attack on Professor Samer Alatout
Letter to the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison protesting the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Scurrilous Attack on Professor Samer Alatout.
We congratulate Lara Fresko Madra (Cornell University) as one of the 2020 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows.
Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the arrest and extended pre-trial detention of Kholoud Said, a translator at Bibliotheka Alexandrina, and calling for reform of the criminal code that allows for multiple renewals of the pre-trial detention period
Council on Foreign Relations
Candidates are invited to apply to the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Scholars. Eligible candidates should be tenured faculty based at a U.S.-based college or university whose research focuses on international relations, peace and security issues, or U.S. foreign policy. The deadline for applications is October 31.