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  

MESA 2021 The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is accepting proposals for its 55th annual meeting until midnight on February 18, 2021 (EST). Please see the Call for Papers instructions for full details on submitting proposals.

MESA 2020 Virtual Conference website; instructions for viewing recordings

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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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Become a Member

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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

MESA 2021 Call for Papers

The Middle East Studies Association calls for proposals from our members for the 55th annual MESA meeting, which is currently scheduled for October 28-31, 2021 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. See the CFP instructions.

Recent Issues of IJMES and RoMES available

IJMES 52:4 amd RoMES 54:1 have been published. To access, select the Publications tab in your myMESA account then click the RoMES image.

MESA 2020 Awards Announced!

See the list of awardees and honorees here, or view the full awards ceremony here.

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 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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PERMES is a database of programs in Middle East studies, experts on the region, and other valuable resources. 


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MESA offers several ways to stay connected: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, as well as listservs and trusty email notifications. To find out more, please follow the link below.

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