MESA welcomes volunteers to chair panels that will be assembled from individually submitted papers at the 2020 annual meeting. Please be certain that you will attend the virtual annual meeting before volunteering. It is difficult to find replacement chairs as the meeting approaches.

Questions about the meeting may be addressed to Kat Teghizadeh at

Requirements to Participate

  1. Be current MESA members for 2020 (we cannot act on your request if you are not a current MESA member)
  2. Register for the MESA 2020 annual meeting


Chair Responsibilities

  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 cues and reminders
  3. Ensure that panels start and end on time
  4. Report unexpected panelist no-shows to the MESA Secretariat


To Volunteer

  1. Review the list of panels needing chairs
  2. If you would like to see a full listing of each put-together panel's papers, please lookup the session ID in the searchable 2020 Annual Meeting Program
  3. Complete the Chair Request Form located at the bottom of the page, or click here.


Panels Needing Chairs

Times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time


Monday, October 5th at 11:00am

6237   Patronage, Resistance, and Representation in Yemen's War 

6180   Contending with Islamaphobia in the US


Wednesday, October 7th at 11:00am

6181   Qajar Iran: From Cops to Princes

6235    Revisiting the Politics of Secularism, Religion, & Resistance in Syria, Lebanon & the US


Wednesday, October 7th at 1:30pm

6199   Classical and Medieval Arabic Literacy Traditions


Wednesday, October 14th at 11:00am

6145   Women’s Agency in Music and Literature

6217   Long-Distance Nationalism

6222   Sufism: Classical and Contemporary


Wednesday, October 14th at 1:30pm

6126   Privatization and the Egyptian Revolution

6208   Asia and "Silk Road" Politics


Thursday, October 15th at 11:00am

6203   Ottoman and Iranian Jews


Thursday, October 15th at 1:30pm

6173   Kingship and Property

6210   Ethnic Minorities and Sectarian Tensions

6234   Securitization and Governance in the Arab World


Friday, October 16th at 11:00am

6147   Labor and Employment as Struggle and Agency


Friday, October 16th at 1:30pm

6143   Challenges and Possibilities of Language Learning

6224   Hermeneutics of politics: Qur'anic Questions of Reason and Renewal

6230   Philosophy and Ethics in Teaching: Discourse and Theory

6233   Constituencies and Capital: Political Demands in Oil-Rich Countries


Saturday, October 17th at 1:30pm

6140   Communicating to Peace

6162   The Politics of Land and Property: Updating Historical Perspectives

6239   Complicated Transitions: Migrant Experiences in the MENA Region and the US

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