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

The following panel is looking for a discussant:

Enforced Disappearances in the Middle East: Histories, Trends, Theories and Approaches in Activism, Friday, November 15 from 8-10am. If you have the expertise and would like to volunteer to be the discussant on this panel please contact Jessica Mecellem at

Thursday, November 14


5730 Archeology & Museumology

Friday, November 15

8:00 a.m.

5718 Contending Visions of Media

5749 The Abbasids: Society and Culture

10:15 a.m.

5745 Islamic Theologies and Ideologies

2:45 p.m.

5748 Medieval Islam and Islamic Law

5:00 p.m.

5740 The Gulf: Politics and Society

Saturday, November 16

11:00 a.m.

5782 Dressed to Conceal/Dressed to Impress

5:30 p.m.

5738 Gender Trials in MENA II

5787 Identities and Exclusions in the Contemporary Middle East

Sunday, November 17

8:30 a.m.

5744 Islamist Politics and Mobilization

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

5768 Modern Ethnic and Religious Minorities I

1:30 p.m.

5727 Eco-Criticism II

5732 Literary Modernity and Civic Society

5736 Gender and Representations

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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