About MESA Global Academy

What is MESA Global Academy?
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.
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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.
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How do I apply?
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.
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The MESA Global Academy Fellows Panel meets virtually in 2020.
Global Academy Scholar Issam Eido presents his research.

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MESA Global Academy Scholars

Scholarship Eligibility Information

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).

Displaced Scholars: Push and Pull Factors

The Institute of Development Studies at the University of Guelph hosted a roundtable discussion on November 22 on the causes, consequences, and life realities of forced migration for academics. Drs. Hamid Alawadhi, Evren Altinkas, Ahmad Mohammadpour, Yar Taraky, Halil Ibrahim Yenigun, and Basileus Zeno were in discussion.

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Politics of Debt: Financial Inclusion in Turkey

George Washington University's Institute for Middle East Studies hosted Ali Riza Gungen on November 18, 2021. Gungen was in conversation with Shana Marshall about his work on the political ramifications of growing household indebtedness in Turkey.

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Surviving and Thriving on the Margins: How Syrian Women & the Palestinian Minority in Israel Challenge Marginality

Northeastern University and the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies hosted Katty Alhayek of Georgetown University and Morad Elsana of American University on November 15, 2021. Alhayek discussed Syrian women in digital communities and Elsana spoke on the Palestinian minority in Israel; both examined how these groups advocate for rights, create communities, and build networks that support empowerment in spaces that challenge their social, political, and economic rights.

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Recent and Upcoming Events from MESA Global Academy