Kurdish Studies Association (KSA)

Founded in 2000. Membership: 175. Annual dues: $30 ($15 for students). KSA is a private, non-profit organization whose members includes scholars, students, and others interested in Kurdish Studies. KSA seeks to foster understanding through academic engagement. As such KSA promotes scholarly research on Kurdish politics, culture, and society in the global context; facilitates the exchange of information and ideas at conferences; and encourages the study of Kurdish through study abroad. Annual KSA meeting is held in conjunction with MESA. Contact: KSA President, Christian Sinclair at Moravian College (520 621-5450), or KSA Treasurer, Shayee H. A. Khanaka at UC Berkeley (510 643-3145). Direct membership inquiries to the addresses above or visit the KSA website.


Middle East Critique

Founded in 1991. Middle East Critique is a peer-reviewed journal, published three times per year by Taylor & Francis Ltd. Annual subscription rates: Individual (print only) $226; libraries and institutions $743 (print only), $874 (print and online). For publication details, back issue orders, and Subscription rates, visit the website. Critique promotes an academic and critical examination of the history and  contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of  Middle Eastern countries. Critique actively engages theoretical and empirical studies, and by so doing promotes a critical understanding of the complex nature of ideas, values, social configurations, and material realities of Middle Eastern societies. Editor: Eric Hooglund. For information regarding submission of manuscripts contact: Critique, MB 211, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104-1284 (202-342-3927 fax; critique@gw.hamline.edu).


Middle East Economic Association (MEEA)

Founded in 1978. Membership: 1,000. Annual dues: $30 regular members from “high income” countries; $15 regular members from all other countries; $20 students from “high income” countries; $10 students from all other countries. MEEA is a private nonprofit, nonpolitical organization fostering economic research on contemporary and historical issues in countries of the Middle East and North Africa region. Emphasis is placed on contending analytical perspectives and cross-country comparisons. MEEA holds an annual meeting with the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA), an annual international summer conference in a MENA country, other conferences jointly sponsored with other organizations, and publishes an electronic proceedings journal and newsletter. President: Wassim Shahin, Lebanese American University. Executive Secretary: Rahel Schomaker​​​​​​). For membership, contact: Mahdi Majbouri, Treasurer, Babson College.  


Middle East Librarians Association (MELA)

Founded in 1972. Membership: 156. Annual dues: $30. Website MELA is a private nonprofit, nonpolitical organization of librarians and other persons interested in aspects of librarianship that support the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world. MELA promotes communication among members and shares information about and encourages cooperation among Middle East libraries, collections, and individual members through meetings and newsletters. Annual dues include a subscription to the journal, MELA Notes. The journal is also available through JSTOR. MELA meets annually in conjunction with MESA. President (2017-18): Akram Khabibullaev. Vice President/Program Chair (2017-18): Dale J. Correa. Secretary-Treasurer (2016-19): William J. Kopycki. Anyone interested in Middle East librarianship may subscribe to the Association’s MELANET mailing list


Middle East Materials Project (MEMP)

MEMP identifies, preserves and makes accessible unique research material pertaining to the field of Middle East studies. Since its inception in 1987, MEMP has microfilmed and/or digitized more than 160 newspapers covering the years 1888-2014 from the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and related areas. Recent MEMP acquisitions include opposition, émigré, and Diaspora newspapers. MEMP also preserves collections of serials, pamphlets and ephemera from across the region, including pamphlets on the Arab World from the Library of Congress and Iranian left-wing materials from the Chaquèri Collection at Harvard University. For membership, contact: Judy Alspach, Program Manager, Center for Research Libraries, 6050 S. Kenwood Avenue, Chicago IL 60637 (773 955-4545 ext. 323; fax: 773 955-4339).


Middle East Medievalists (MEM) 

Founded in 1989, MEM boasts a world-wide membership of individuals and institutions. Regular annual dues for individuals: $40; institutions: $250. MEM is a professional nonprofit association of scholars devoted to the study of the Islamic lands of the Middle East during the medieval period (defined roughly as 500–1500 C.E.). MEM has two primary goals: to increase the representation of medieval scholarship at scholarly meetings in North America and elsewhere by co-sponsoring panels; and to foster communication among those with an interest in the study of the medieval Middle East through its website and its discussion list H-MEM. MEM published an online peer-reviewed journal: Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists (ISSN: 1068-1051). It aims to publish cutting-edge scholarly articles and will continue to offer reviews or notices of significant scholarly books published in the Middle East in local vernaculars (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish), as these works are generally not reviewed in Western journals. President Sarah Bowen Savant (Aga Khan University, London). For membership, contact: Alison Vacca, MEM Secretary. middleeastmedievalists@ gmail.com.


Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC)

Founded in 1981. Membership: 134. Dues: $25 outreach professional; $10 educator; $150 institutional. MEOC is a national network of educators dedicated to disseminating apolitical and nonpartisan information, resources, and activities furthering understanding about the Middle East. MEOC’s target audience is non-specialists at the K-12 and college levels, although its services are relevant to broader community needs. MEOC publishes a newsletter, develops and disseminates teaching resources, and makes annual awards to outstanding books about the Middle East for children and young adults. A MEOC annual meeting and teacher workshop are held in conjunction with MESA conference. President: Craig Cangemi, Qatar Foundation International. For membership, contact: Katie Aslan, University of Texas at Austin. 


Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA)

Founded in 1971. Membership (starting January 1, 2015): 350. Annual dues: $50 regular/fellow; 75 joint; $25 student; $25 Turkish member in Turkey; $25 retired; $150 institutional. OTSA is a private, nonprofit, nonpolitical organization of persons interested in Turkish and Ottoman studies. OTSA promotes high standards of scholarship and instruction; facilitates communication among its members through meetings and written exchanges of information; and promotes international, scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with Turkish and Ottoman studies. OTSA publishes the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. The OTSA annual meeting is held in conjunction with MESA. President: Amy Singer, Tel Aviv University. For membership, contact: Patricia Blessing, Art History, Pomona College, 145 E. Bonita Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  


Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)

Founded in 1998. Membership: 20 institutional, 225 individual. Annual dues minimums: $35 individual; $20 student; $100 institutional; minority serving institutions $50; $10 Palestine individual; $50 Palestine institutional. Purpose: PARC is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization of scholars interested in scholarship about Palestinian affairs. PARC seeks to improve the range, quantity, and quality of scholarship on Palestine by providing research fellowships and a field research base for advanced graduate students and established scholars; to strengthen linkages among Palestinian and American educational, cultural, and research institutions; and to improve cross-cultural understanding. Publishes a twice-yearly newsletter and maintains a website. Executive Director: Penelope Mitchell, P.O. Box 19616, Washington, D.C. 20036. Palestine Director: Ghada alMadbouh, Emil Habibi St., 4th Floor Al Nahdah Building, al Masyoun, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine. Direct membership inquiries to the US address above.


Scholar Rescue Fund

The Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent not-for-profit organization, has participated in the rescue of persecuted scholars since its founding in 1919. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) to formalize its commitment to protecting the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. IIE-SRF selects outstanding professors, researchers, and public intellectuals for fellowship support and arranges visiting academic positions with partnering institutions of higher learning and research. Fellowships enable scholars to pursue their academic work in safety and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community. If conditions in the scholars’ home countries improve, scholars may return after their fellowships to make meaningful contributions to their national academies and civil society. If safe return is not possible, scholars may use the fellowship period to identify longer-term opportunities.  For more information, see SRF website


Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in our network as well as by providing advisory and referral services.


Society for Armenian Studies (SAS)

Founded in 1974. Membership: 222. Membership fee: $50  regular/supporting members; $25 student/retired members; $500 institutional members. The goals of SAS are to promote the study of Armenian culture and society, including history, language, literature, and social, political, and economic questions; to facilitate the exchange of scholarly information pertaining to Armenian studies; and to sponsor panels, conferences, a newsletter and journal. SAS organizes and sponsors panels on all aspects of Armenian studies at professional meetings, conferences and symposia. SAS normally meets in conjunction with MESA. President: Bedross Der Matossian. JSAS editor: Sergio La Porta. Society for Armenian Studies, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno, 5245 N. Backer Ave. PB4, Fresno CA 93740-8001 (559 278-2669; fax: 559 278-2129). Direct inquiries about the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies (JSAS), Newsletter, or membership to Barlow Der Mugrdechian.  


Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS)

Founded 1977. Membership: 84. Dues: $25 full; $20 associate. SERMEISS is a professional society of faculty who study or teach some aspect of the Middle East or Islamic World. The ten-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Members from outside the region are welcome. Fall meetings annually and biennial spring meetings, with programs designed for three levels: specialists, non-specialists who include the region in their college teaching, and pre-collegiate faculty. Sponsors teacher-training workshops and trips abroad, and maintains a video-lending library. President:  Krista Wiegand, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Executive Director: Calvin H Allen, Jr., Shenandoah University; Direct membership inquiries to the Executive Director.


Sudans Studies Association (SSA)

Founded in 1981. Membership: 200. Annual dues: $50 regular or non-profit members; $30 student; $500 profit-making organizations; $400 life membership. The SSA is an independent professional society open to scholars, teachers, students and others with interest in the Sudan. The SSA promotes Sudanese studies and scholarship on ancient, historical and contemporary topics. Activities include: the publication of the SSA Newsletter, annual meetings, including an international meeting held every three years; and support for the website. SSA sponsors panels and programs in conjunction with other academic associations and maintains an archive of publications. President: Souad T. Ali, Arizona State University; Executive Director: Abdullahi Gallab, Arizona State University; Webmaster: Ali Dinar. Direct membership inquiries to sudanstudiesassociation@gmail.com.


Syrian Studies Association (SSA)

Founded in 1992. Membership: 85. Annual dues: $25 full; $10 student. Membership dues and donations are tax exempt in the US. SSA is a private, nonprofit, nonpolitical organization of scholars and other persons interested in Syrian studies. SSA is dedicated to promoting high standards of scholarship and instruction, facilitating communication among its members through meetings and other contacts, advancing international scholarship on Syria, furthering cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with Syrian studies, and encouraging students to learn Arabic in Syria. SSA defines its area of study as historical Bilad al-Sham. The Association sponsors panels at professional and scholarly conferences, publishes an on-line newsletter, awards prizes for best dissertation and best published article, and disseminates information on Arabic language programs in Syria. President: Andrea Stanton, University of Denver; Secretary-Treasurer: Geoffrey D. Schad.  


The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII)

Founded in 1989, under the name the American Association for Research in Baghdad (AARB). Annual dues: $250 Institutional Membership; $35 Individual Membership; $20 Student and Emeritus Membership; $1,000 Corporate Membership. TARII is a consortium of universities, colleges, museums, and libraries, incorporated as a non-profit in the State of Illinois and holding 501 (c ) 3 status with the IRS. TARII promotes scholarly research on and in Iraq and aims to create a multidisciplinary American scholarly research center in Iraq, as conditions permit. TARII raises funds for advanced graduate and post-graduate fellowships for Americans and Iraqis to work on Iraq. TARII initiates its own conferences and research projects and is interested in fostering joint projects between American and Iraqi academics. TARII publishes a semi-annual newsletter. The TARII annual meeting is held in conjunction with MESA. TARII sponsors panels at the annual MESA meeting.


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