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MEMEAC Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

MEMEAC supports and is in solidarity with the statement by the Middle East Studies Association [MESA] on uprisings against systemic racism and anti-Blackness. The letter is quoted below: Black lives matter. We deplore the state-sanctioned murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and the countless Black people dying and suffering from …

Professor Louis Fishman (Brooklyn) Releases New Book

MEMEAC congratulates Professor Louis Fishman, a member of the MEMEAC community, for his recently released monograph Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era, 1908-1914 Claiming the Homeland with Edinburgh University Press. Uncovering a history buried by different nationalist narratives (Jewish, Israeli, Arab and Palestinian) this book looks at how the late …

Professor Lale Can (CCNY) Releases New Book

MEMEAC congratulates Professor Lale Can, a member of the MEMEAC community, for her recently released monograph Spiritual Subjects with Stanford University Press. In 2015, historian Lâle Can received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award to finish a book on trans-imperial pilgrimage across Asia at the turn of the 20th century. Her book, Spiritual …

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – MESA GLOBAL ACADEMY

The MESA Global Academy is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Middle East Studies Association of North America designed to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production among MENA-focused academics by providing competitive scholarships to displaced scholars from the MENA region currently located in North America. The MESA Global Academy is …

CFP: MESA 2020 in Washington DC

CALL FOR PAPERS – MESA’s 54th Annual Meeting Deadline: February 18, 2020 The Middle East Studies Association of North America invites and encourages submissions for its 54th Annual Meeting, October 10-13 in Washington, DC. Submissions by students are more than welcome. MESA is a leading international forum for scholarship, intellectual …

Launch of the MESA Global Academy

The Carnegie Corporation has awarded the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at the CUNY Graduate Center a $400,000 grant to support its partnership with the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) in launching the MESA Global Academy. The Academy is a new interdisciplinary initiative to …

Professor Mikhal Dekel Releases New Book

Professor Mikhal Dekel (CCNY) has released a new book, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, in 2019. Most Polish Jews who escaped Nazi extermination survived as refugees in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Blending memoir, history and travelogue, Tehran Children follows their odyssey. This story begins with one and a half million …

MESA 2019

We at MEMEAC are excited to announce that dozens of our affiliated faculty and students will present their research at the annual Middle East Studies Association’s conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 14th to November 17th, 2018 Graduate Center Student and Alumni Presenters at MESA 2019 …

Committee on Academic Freedom: Calling on Kingsborough Community College to defend faculty free speech rights and academic freedom

MEMEAC supports the Committee on Academic Freedom’s call for Kingsborough Community College, CUNY to respect free speech rights and academic freedom   Dr. Claudia V. Schrader President, Kingsborough Community College President@kbcc.cuny.edu, Claudia.Schrader@kbcc.cuny.eduDr. Vita C. Rabinowitz Interim Chancellor, The City University of New York chancellor@cuny.edu, Vita.Rabinowitz@cuny.eduDear President Schrader and Chancellor Rabinowitz: …

Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book

Demography and Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa have recently experienced one of the highest population growth rates in the world, something which has profoundly affected the wider region and its institutions. In addition, the recent period of unprecedented political turbulence …

Happy Holidays from MEMEAC

December 19, 2018 Dear Friends of MEMEAC: As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to highlight our activities this past year and the exciting plans that we have for the coming year. Over the summer, we launched a new website, showcasing the work of alumni, faculty, and students. …

MESA 2018

We at MEMEAC are excited to announce that dozens of our affiliated faculty and students will present their research at the annual Middle East Studies Association’s conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas from November 15th to November 18th, 2018 CUNY Participants MESA 2018  11:00AM-1:00PM Friday November 16: Deen …

MEMEAC CONGRATULATES ALUMNA FOR RECEIVING ERC GRANT

MEMEAC congratulates alumna Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski (History, 2010) who is currently a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and director of Centre de Recherches sur le Japon (CRJ) in Paris for receiving the European Research Council Grant. HOW JAPAN BECAME ASIA’S FIRST INDUSTRIAL POWER © Shutterstock …

NAAIMS 47th Annual Conference

MEMEAC is excited to be hosting the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies’ 47th Annual Conference with the theme of “Impact of Emerging Digital Technology and Social Media on Muslim Communities” on Friday, September 14th, 2018. To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naaims-47th-annual-conference-impact-of-emerging-digital-technology-and-social-media-on-muslim-registration-48164284672 Please note, if you are a member …

PRESIDENT ROBINSON TO LEAD THE SMITHSONIAN’S ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY AND FREER GALLERY OF ART

“I will leave The Graduate Center with pride in its standing and confidence in its future.” Dear Colleagues: As you enjoy the final days of summer and complete your preparations for the fall semester, I want to share important news. After a decade of service to The Graduate Center and …