MESA invites volunteers to chair the panels that were assembled from individually submitted papers. Please see the list of available panels below. Questions about the meeting may be addressed to Mark Lowder at

Please be certain that you will attend the annual meeting before volunteering. It is difficult to find replacement chairs as the meeting approaches.

Requirements to Participate

As is the case for all meeting participants, chairs must:

  1. be current MESA members for 2019 (we cannot act on your request if you are not a current MESA member)
  2. pre-register for the MESA 2019 annual meeting

Chair Responsibilities

Panel chairs:

  1. welcome attendees and introduce paper presenters (typically by providing the name, affiliation and paper title)
  2. keep track of presentation times and transitions by giving presenters gentle reminders (for instance, slipping notes to presenters indicating how much time is left)
  3. ensure that panels end on time!
  4. report panelist absences to the MESA Secretariat (did a presenter unexpectedly not show up?) 

Available Panels

Thursday, November 14


5730 Archeology and Museumology

5742 Sufism in Medieval and Ottoman Times

5757 Zionist Settlers and the Palestine/Israel Conflict

Friday, November 15

8:00 a.m.

5718 Contending Visions of Media

5749 The Abbasids: Society and Culture

10:15 a.m.

5719 Journalism and Film Histories

5745 Islamic Theologies and Ideologies

5762 Literature and Literary Production I

5776 Social Reform and the Politics of Modernity

5784 Infrastructure: Concrete and Constructed

12:30 p.m.

5746 Islam and the West: Discourses, Spaces, and Practices

5765 Migrants and Refugees I

5775 Politics in Turkey II

2:45 p.m.

5748 Medieval Islam and Islamic Law

5764 Literature and Literary Production III

5:00 p.m.

5722 Contestation, Coup, and Islam in Turkey

5740 The Gulf: Politics and Society

Saturday, November 16

8:30 a.m.

5733 Exclusions and Belonging: Identities through Conversion, Slavery, and Family

11:00 a.m.

5782 Dressed to Conceal/Dressed to Impress

3:00 p.m.

5721 Displacement, Resistance, and War

5759 Occupational Challenges and Hazards in the West Bank

5:30 p.m.

5738 Gender Trials in MENA II

5760 Society and Identity in Jordan

5787 Identities and Exclusions in the Contemporary Middle East

Sunday, November 17

8:30 a.m.

5744 Islamist Politics and Mobilization

5752 Colonialism, Islamic Law, and Gender

5761 Labor, Class, and Gender in Iran

5786 Archiving and Memory

5788 Society, Culture, and the Economy in the Late Ottoman Empire

11:00 a.m.

5725 Egyptian Social History: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

5728 Eco-Criticism I

5731 Contemporary Politics in Syria and Iraq

5768 Modern Ethnic and Religious Minorities I

5778 Social and Cultural Formations in Colonial North Africa

1:30 p.m.

5727 Eco-Criticism II

5732 Literary Modernity and Civic Society

5736 Gender and Representations

5751 Middle Eastern Communities in the US: National and Islamic Identities

5753 Colonial Politics, Practices, and Perspectives

5758 Memory and History in the Palestine/Israel Conflict

5769 Modern Ethnic and Religious Minorities II

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