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Middle East Scholars Vote to Endorse BDS

The membership of MESA has voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions of Israel as a way to hold the government accountable for ongoing human rights violations. MESA’s Board of Directors will implement it in a manner consistent with MESA’s bylaws as well as relevant U.S. federal, state, and local laws. The resolution states that the boycott will not target individual students or scholars, and reiterates the right of individual MESA members to choose whether or not they wish to participate in an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Mashriq & Mahjar

Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies

This special issue (with guest editors Dr. Ella Fratantuono and Dr. Lucia Carminati) thus seeks to juxtapose varied experiences of and perspectives on young people’s migration in the history of the Middle East and North Africa. We welcome contributions including, but not limited to, scholarly articles as well as works of visual and/or audio art and literature.

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Saharanism: Intellectual and Literary Histories of a Desert-focused Imagination

Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University

In this virtual Crown Seminar, El Guabli, in conversation with Samia Henni, will explore how racialization, extraction, and emptiness have been central to this powerful desert imaginary, which he calls "Saharanism," in sources as varied as colonial scholarship and today's literature, film, and social media.

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