The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Global Academy is an interdisciplinary initiative that sustains essential research collaborations and knowledge production among scholars in the humanities and social sciences from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and their counterparts outside the region.
The Global Academy supports scholars working in two broad thematic areas: governance, accountability, and the rule of law; and fairness and economic equality. The Global Academy conceives of these two areas in interdisciplinary terms, and invites scholars to apply from the humanities and social sciences, from comparative literature, history, and Islamic studies to political science, anthropology, economics, and beyond.
The MESA Global Academy is excited to announce a call for applications for scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. The Global Academy will award up to 12 scholars in the field of Middle East Studies a $5,000 grant to further their research and collaboration with MENA-focused scholars in North America.
Competitive fellowships are available for scholars from the MENA region who are currently displaced in North America and whose work is broadly focused on Middle East Studies. Eligibility criteria are: 1) a PhD or equivalent in a field in the social sciences or humanities (graduate students will not be considered); 2) a primary institutional affiliation in the MENA region prior to displacement; and 3) a publication record indicating scholarly productivity (in English, French, a native MENA language, or principal research language of the field).
On Thursday, January 27 at 11 AM ET, George Washington University's Institute for Middle East Studies will host a virtual conversation with Halil Yenigun (San Jose State University) and Marlene Laurelle (GWU) on the deterioration of Turkey's democracy via a slow build-up of autocracy beginning in the earliest days of Erdoğan’s tenure.
Academic Displacement: Latest Developments and Mitigation Strategies
Scholars experience displacement in many parts of the world, and the Middle East North Africa region is no exception. Such hardship is due to a variety of causes, from authoritarian crackdowns on academic freedoms to war to the criminalization of certain forms of research and study. In this December 3, 2021 workshop at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, professionals who work to assist displaced scholars convened to discuss the most recent developments in academic displacement, including the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the latest strategies to support these scholars and promote knowledge production. Rochelle Davis of Georgetown University served as moderator.
Capitalism, Islamism, and the State: Turkey's Shifting Political Economy
In this December 1, 2021 workshop at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Utku Balaban of Amherst College, Sumercan Bozkurt-Gungen of Simon Fraser University, and Ali Riza Gungen of York University presented their research. Cihan Tugal of the University of California, Berkeley served as discussant.