MESA - Middle East Studies Association

MESA 2017 Volunteer Panel Chairs

MESA calls for volunteers to chair the panels that were assembled from individually submitted papers. If you are interested in chairing one or more of the sessions below, please send an email message detailing your preferences 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:

  • be current MESA members for 2017 (we cannot act on your request if you are not a current MESA member)
  • pre-register for the MESA 2017 annual meeting

Chair Responsibilities

Panel chairs:

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

Panels in Need of Chairs

Saturday, November 18

5:30 p.m.

5022 Competition and Social Practice in Early and Medieval Islamic Poetry

Sunday, November 19

8:00 a.m.

4996 The Surreal and the Real between Orientalism and Post-Orientalism

5009 Politics, Culture, and Everyday Life in Safavid Poetry and Prose


Tuesday, November 21

8:00 a.m.

4972 Transactions of Knowledge and Power: East-West and West-East

10:30 a.m.

4993 Melancholia, Race, and Enslavement

5010 Invoking Religion in and against Imperialism, Occupation, and War


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