Program

MESA 2020 Annual Meeting Virtual Conference

The MESA 2020 annual meeting program includes over 300 sessions and several plenary events. To see the many panels, special sessions, roundtables, workshops, and thematic conversations, see the searchable database and download the printable program. 

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Please see instruction manuals for MESA's virtual conference platform:
MESA Guide for Conference Attendees
MESA Guide for Live Presenters 

Program Addendum as of October 17, 2020

In order to maximize participation and attendance from across the globe's many time zones, we have decided to limit sessions to the middle of the day on the East Coast, and expand the days of the conference into the week before and the week after the originally scheduled program. Program sessions are scheduled between October 5-17, with the original meeting days of October 10-13 reserved for MESA plenary events such as the presidential panel and awards ceremony, as well as some late-breaking sessions. 

Times indicated are Eastern Daylight Time.

Monday, October 5                                                                                                         
Session I = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session II = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 6                                                                                                        
Session III = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session IV = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 7                                                                                                   
Session V = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session VI = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Thursday, October 8                                                                                                      
Session VII = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session VIII = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Saturday October, 10     
The Political Economy and Ethics of Social Science Research in the Arab World = 10:00 am
Global Academy Event and Fellows Panel = 12:00 pm
MESA Publications Workshop: Strategies for Shaping Your Own Academic Record = 2:00 pm

Sunday, October 11      
MESA Presidential Panel: Middle East Studies and the Academy in the Time of Covid-19 =  12:00 pm
MESA Awards Ceremony = 2:00 pm

Monday, October 12      
Images and Archives: Digital Collections in the Time of Corona = 10:00 am
MESA Presidential Session: Thinking Through Catastrophe: Perspectives and Lessons from Lebanon = 12:00 pm
Precarity Committee Convening = 2:00pm
Undergraduate Workshop Poster Session Public Presentation = 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 13
Responding to COVID-19 in the MENA Region: Insights on Education and Communication Challenges = 12:00 pm
MESA Members Meeting = 2:00 pm

Wednesday, October 14 
Session IX = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session X = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Thursday, October 15                                                                                                    
Session XI = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session XII = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Friday, October 16                                                                                                                
Session XIII = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session XIV = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Saturday, October 17                                                                                                     
Session XV = 11:00 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.
Session XVI = 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Questions about the program may be directed to Kat Teghizadeh

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