Call for Papers for the 58th MESA Annual Meeting

The 58th annual meeting will be held virtually November 11-16, 2024. The MESA 2024 Call for Papers will open January 10, 2024, and close at 11:59 AM (4:59 PM UTC) on February 15, 2024. 

MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab world (and their diasporas) from the seventh century to modern times. Other regions, including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which their territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization. Comparative work is encouraged.

Since 1967, MESA has held an annual meeting in the fall where members gather to share research. MESA has been the hub for scholarly exchange from its first meeting at the University of Chicago in 1967 (where a small group gathered for eight sessions), to MESA’s 50th anniversary meeting in Boston in 2016 where 312 sessions delighted more than 2,000 attendees. The meeting features panels and special sessions on a variety of topics related to Middle East studies. It is complemented by meetings of MESA’s affiliated groups, a film festival, a comprehensive book exhibit featuring the latest in the field, and other events. The meeting provides an opportunity for friends and colleagues from a variety of disciplines to gather to share their common bond: the study of this important region of the world.

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