MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Affiliated Organizations

Organizations having a scholarly interest in the Middle East and whose membership includes a substantial number of members of MESA may apply for affiliation with MESA.

Affiliated organizations may sponsor up to three panels at the MESA annual meeting. Affiliate sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance: all panels are read “blind” by the program committee without regard to the proposer’s identity or the nature of sponsorship.

Affiliated organizations may hold their annual business meeting, board meeting, or other functions in conjunction with the MESA annual meeting. MESA charges $300 to organizations meeting in conjunction to help offset associated costs. For organizations who are not yet affiliated with MESA, but who are seeking such status, the fee is waived the first year.

Applying for MESA Affiliate Status

To apply for affiliated status, an organization should submit to the Secretariat a letter of interest, a copy of its bylaws, a membership list, a list of officers, and any other relevant supporting materials (i.e., brochures, sample publications, etc.). Applications are reviewed by MESA’s Board of Directors which meets twice a year, in the spring and in the fall at the association’s annual meeting. To be considered at the spring meeting, submit materials by March 1. To be considered at the fall meeting, submit materials by November 1.

Current Affiliates

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American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA)

Membership: 400. Annual dues: $30 regular; $15 student, $200 institutional. AATA is an association of professionals, students, institutions, and other individuals interested in Arabic language teaching, Arabic literature and Arabic linguistics. The purpose of AATA is to contribute to the enhancement of study, criticism, and research in all these areas. Meetings and programs are held in conjunction with MESA. AATA publishes Al-‘Arabiyya, a journal containing articles by AATA members and others interested in Arabic language scholarship. Executive Director: Elizabeth Bergman, 3416 Primm Lane, Birmingham  AL 35216 (205 822-6800; fax: 205 823-2760; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.

American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP)

Founded in 1989. Annual membership: Full Members: $40, Students/Community School Teachers: $25, Institutional $200. AATP is a non-profit, professional organization whose objective shall be to advance and improve the study and teaching of the Persian language and culture; to promote research in the field of Persian language, linguistics, and literature; to further the common interests of teachers in the field; and to facilitate communication and professional cooperation among its members. President: Anousha Sedighi, Portland State University, WLL, P.O Box 751, Portland, OR 97207. Email:, Phone: (503) 725-8784, Join or renew membership online at:

American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) 

Founded in 1985. Annual dues: $25 full/associate; $15 student; $50-$500 institutional. The objective of the Association is to advance and improve the teaching of the Turkic languages; to promote study, criticism, and research in the field of the Turkic languages and literatures; and to further the common interests of teachers of these subjects. The Association publishes a bi-annual newsletter. Since 2004, the Association hosts a very successful graduate student pre-conference prior to the CESS and/or MESA conference. An AATT-listserv informs members of the latest news including open positions in the field, and study and scholarship opportunities. Please visit our webpage: President: Dr. Uli Schamiloglu; Executive Secretary: Dr. Ercan Balci; Treasurer: Dr. Feride Hatiboglu; Membership dues:$15 (student); $25 (full);Institutional $50-$500. To join AATT:
Contact us at:  

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

Membership: 300. Annual dues: $100 full; $50 student; $500 institutional. AIMS is a private nonprofit, nonpolitical organization which promotes the systematic study of North Africa (Maghrib). AIMS sponsors The Journal of North African Studies, publishes an annual report, an annual roster of members, and research directory, sponsors yearly academic conferences in North Africa, provides funding support for students and scholars to perform research in the Maghrib, offers competitions for prizes and travel awards, has an annual dissertation workshop and mentoring program for student members, and maintains overseas research centers in Tunis (CEMAT), Tangier (TALIM), and Oran (CEMA). To submit articles to the Journal, contact: Phillip Naylor, Publications Officer, For other information on AIMS programs and membership, please contact: Kerry Adams, PhD, AIMS Executive Director, 520-626-6498,; or visit us

American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)

Founded in 1977. Institutional and individual membership over 200. Annual dues: $25 regular, $10 students/emeriti (+$10 for overseas addresses); $250 institutional. AIYS is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that promotes pre- and post-doctoral research on Yemen and related areas. AIYS is a resource for individual scholars and institutional members’ projects in Yemen by providing a variety of services. AIYS conducts annual pre- and post-doctoral fellowship competitions for US students and students; under normal conditions fellows may opt to do research, intensive Arabic, or a combination of the two. AIYS also has a fellowship program for Yemeni scholars to do research in Yemen. AIYS publishes an annual bulletin, Yemen Update, and occasional monographs (distributed by MESA). Annual board and business meetings are held at MESA. Executive Director: Michael Carroll, AIYS, American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Boston University, 232 Bay State Road, Room 426, Boston MA 02215;; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.

American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS)

Founded in 2003. Annual dues: $30 individuals; $500 institutions. The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies is a private, scholarly institution founded to support research on all aspects of Afghanistan's history and culture and to promote scholarly ties between Afghanistan and the United States. AIAS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). AIAS maintains a research center in Kabul, Afghanistan, offers fellowships, and sponsors panels and conferences. President: Thomas Barfield. Direct inquiries to: Mikaela ringquist, U.S. Administrative Director, 232 Bay State Road, #426, Boston MA 02215 (617 358-4648; fax: 617 358-4650;

American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS)

Founded in 1967. Annual dues: $750.00 institutional. AIIrS is a nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization and a member of CAORC. AIIrS supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of Iran and Persian culture and civilization from the earliest periods to the present. Its purview is the historical Persian world of Central Asia, the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern political state of Iran. AIIrS awards student fellowships for Persian language study in Tajikistan, as well as pre-doctoral and senior grants for Iranian Studies research. It supports occasional conferences and awards the annual Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize. Executive Director: Erica Ehrenberg, 118 Riverside Dr., New York NY 10024 (212 874-4094; fax: 646 863 2224; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)

Founded in 1973. Annual dues: $25 individuals; $250 institutional. AIPS is a nonprofit organization constituted as a consortium of universities and colleges, and is a member of CAORC. Its mission is to encourage and support research on issues relevant to Pakistan and the promotion of scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan. It maintains research centers in Islamabad and Lahore, offers fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral research, and sponsors conferences and panels at national meetings. AIPS publishes a newsletter and supports publications in the field. President: Kamran Asdar Ali, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, The University of Texas at Austin ( Direct membership inquiries to: Laura Hammond, US Director, B488 Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 53706 (608 265-4304;  

American Numismatic Society (ANS)

Founded in 1858. Membership: 2000. Annual dues: $100 foreign associate; $90 full associate; $70 basic associate; $50 student associate; $150 library associate; $750 corporate associate; $7,500 life membership. The ANS mission is to be the preeminent national institution advancing the study and appreciation of coins, medals and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents; by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection and library; by supporting scholarly research and publications; and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences. Executive Director: Ute Wartenberg. For membership, contact: Membership Office, The American Numismatic Society, 75 Varick Street, Floor 11, New York NY 10013 (212 571-4470 ext. 117; fax: 212 571-4479;  

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) 

Founded in 1948. Annual dues: $40 student; $75 regular; $60 retired; $155 regular membership including JARCE (Lotus membership).  ARCE is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research in Egypt on all phases of Egyptian civilization and culture and promotes and strengthens American-Egyptian ties. ARCE provides a permanent archaeological and research base in Cairo for American scholars. ARCE supports an extensive program of research fellowships, archaeological excavations and surveys, and special historical and literary studies. In collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, and with funding from the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), ARCE works to preserve the country’s antiquities through documentation, conservation, training, and publication. ARCE publishes a bulletin, a journal, and an annual conservation report, and holds an annual conference. Cairo office: Director, Gerry D. Scott III, 2 Midan Simon Bolivar, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt (20 22794-8239; fax: 20 2 2795-3052; US office: Membership Coordinator, ARCE, 8700 Crownhill Blvd.., Suite 507, San Antonio TX 78209 (210 821-7000, fax: 210 821-7007; Direct membership inquiries to the US address above.  

Arab American Studies Association (AASA)

Founded in 2012. Annual Membership Dues: $20 Student; $50 Individual; $200 Institutional. The Arab American Studies Association (AASA) is a non-profit, nonpolitical, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the study of the history, culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of Arab American experience. The Association aims to advance the field of Arab American studies and to stimulate research in diasporic, transnational, as well as North American Arab American experiences and cultural expressions. Through organizing annual meetings in conjunction with MESA, along with tri-annual conferences dedicated to Arab American studies, AASA hopes to facilitate communication and collaboration among its members and others interested in the study of Arab Americans. For membership information, contact: President, Akram Khater, University of North Carolina State University,

Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)

Founded in 2012. AGAPS is a new multi-disciplinary MESA affiliated organization and defines its area of study broadly to include the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, inclusive of the transnational flow of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. AGAPS is dedicated to innovative research agendas, high standards of scholarship and instruction, new networks of collaboration, the promotion of fieldwork in the GAP, the integration of promising graduate students and diverse membership in gender, discipline, age, location and area expertise. AGAPS hopes to encourage research agendas that are fresh and nuanced, both in theory and empiricism. At present, AGAPS' email list is over 200 colleagues drawn from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For inquiries, participation, or membership, please contact: Gwenn Okruhlik, President at


Association for Iranian Studies (AIS)

Founded in 1967. Annual dues (include journal): 2-year Individual $150; 2-year Student $80; 2-year Independent $120; $250 institutions (includes on line journal). ISIS is a professional society to support and promote the field of Iranian studies at the international level. AIS publishes the journal, Iranian Studies and convenes biennial conferences. President: Touraj Atabaki. Executive Director: Rivanne Sandler ( For further information, please consult the society website:  


Association for Israel Studies (AIS)

Founded in 1985. Annual dues: Regular Membership: $100; Independent
Scholars and Retirees: $80; Students: $25. AIS is an international
scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel.
AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in,
scholarly inquiry about the state, society, history and culture of Israel.
In 1996, AIS established a graduate student organization. AIS publishes the
biannual, Israel Studies Review. Annual meetings in the late spring, and
panels at MESA, APSA and ISA. President: Menachem Hofnung, The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem ( For membership and
information, visit:

Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)

Founded in 1985. Subscription costs, which includes annual dues: (print + electronic) $75 individuals, $50 retirees/independent scholars/low income nation citizens, $35 students/activists; (electronic only) $55 individuals, $30 retirees/independent scholars/low income nation citizens, $15 students/activists. AMEWS  is an organization of scholars and individuals with an interest in women and gender studies in the context of the Middle East/ North Africa and beyond, including transnational and diasporic communities in Europe, and North and South America. Its triennial publication, The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS), published by Duke University Press, advances the fields of women's and gender studies through contributions across disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and other fields. JMEWS encourages research that is theoretically, epistemologically, and methodologically innovative. Membership to AMEWS and AMEWS list-serv is through JMEWS at Duke University Press. For membership, contact: Angie Abdelmonem, AMEWS Secretary ( Visit AMEWS:

Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA)

Founded in 2007. Annual dues: $50 US/$40 ME; $30 US students/$20 ME students; $75 institutional. The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) is a private, non-profit, non-political, international organization. An affiliate organization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the College Art Association (CAA), AMCA aims to advance the study of this emerging field through the creation of a network of interested scholars and organizations. We will facilitate communication and cooperation among those in the field by sponsoring conferences, holding meetings, and exchanging information via a newsletter and website.  AMCA is a member-based, professional organization.  Contact: Visit AMCA:


Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)

Founded in 1996. Annual dues: $200 institutional; $80 regular; $40 student. ASPS is a nongovernmental, nonpolitical, and nonprofit professional organization for researchers, scholars, academics, and all other persons interested in the areas based on the Persian language, with special regard for scholars in Iran, South Asia, and Central Asia. The main objectives are: to promote research in the social sciences and humanities; to create, develop and encourage scientific, cultural and educational exchange and communication; and to enhance public culture and mutual understanding within the region. Publishes an annual journal, Studies on Persianate Societies, holds a biennial convention, and offers two grants; 1-ASPS/MANNU Visiting Scholar Fellowship and 2-CERF to support original research leading to the publication of a book or monograph concerning Persianate culture by individual scholars from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Northwest China. ASPS has regional offices in Vienna, Dushanbe, Islamabad, Lahore, New Delhi, Patna, Sarajevo, Shiraz, Tashkent, Tehran and Yerevan. President: Said Arjomand, Membership information and form are on the website:  

Association of Middle East Anthropology (AMEA)

The MESA Board of Directors has approved the Association of Middle East Anthropology (AMEA) as a new MESA affiliated organization. AMEA is a non-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to the ethnographic study of the culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of the Middle East. The Association aims to stimulate academic research in Anthropological studies of the Middle East and to advance the study of the Anthropology of the Middle East. Through organizing annual meetings in conjunction with MESA, AMEA aims to facilitate communication and cooperation among its members and others interested in Anthropological studies of the Middle East alongside its sister organization the Middle East section of the Anthropological Association. For inquiries and membership, contact: Kim Shively (  

Assyrian Academic Society (AAS)

Founded in 1985. Membership: 200. Annual dues: $70.00 professional; $40.00 student. AAS exists to build continuing and mutually beneficial relationships between its Executive Board, Members, Academic Institutions, and the Assyrian community at large. To this end, the AAS is devoted to strengthening its educational base within the Assyrian community through sponsorship of lectures, seminars, language classes, and academic conferences. AAS publishes specialty books in the areas of history, culture and language, and the Journal of the Assyrian Academic Society (JAAS). President:Nineb Lamassu (; Secretary: Ramsen Neesan ( For information, contact: AAS, Nineva Bldg., 8324 N. Lincoln, Skokie IL 60076 (847 982-5800;

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Founded in 1967. CASA offers intensive advanced Arabic language and culture training to members of the academic community-at-large who represent various disciplines in the area of Middle Eastern studies.  CASA represents a consortium of thirty-four universities in the US in addition to the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan where CASA’s training sites are located. CASA is overseen by a governing council representing the members of the CASA Consortium and receives funding primarily from the US Department of Education, with support from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt. Director (US): Nevenka Korica Sullivan. Stateside Program Coordinator (US): Sarah Stoll. Executive Director (Cairo): Iman Soliman, Executive Director (Jordan): Khaled Abu Amsha.  Contact information: Center for Arabic Study Abroad, Harvard University, 38 Kirkland St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617-495 – 4078);; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.  

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Founded in 1981. Membership: CAORC has member centers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, West Africa, Yemen. CAORC speaks in support of overseas research centers; helps expand the resource base and raise the profile of member centers; fosters new channels of communication and collaboration among centers leading to a strengthening of academic programs and administrative procedures; fosters research projects across national boundaries; serves as advocate for area studies, and facilitates the establishment of new research centers. Executive Director: Dr. Christopher A. Tuttle, CAORC, PO Box 37012, MRC-178, Washington, DC 20013-7012 (202 633-1599; fax: 202 786-2430; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.  

Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies

Founded in 1991. Middle East Critique is a peer-reviewed journal, published three times per year by Taylor & Francis Ltd. Annual subscription rates: individual $119 (£77), libraries and institutions $442 (£267). For publication details, back issue orders, and Subscription rates, visit: journals/titles/10669922.aspCritique 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, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, PO Box 201, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden (

Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) 

Founded in 1982. Membership: 250. Annual dues: $40 regular; $20 students; $60 joint; $100 sustaining; $100 institutional. HIAA's purpose is to promote high standards of scholarship and instruction in the history of Islamic arts; facilitate communication among its members through meetings, the HIAA newsletter and directory; and promote scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with the study of Islamic arts. HIAA holds a periodic majlis or meeting of its members, in conjunction with meetings of the College Art Association (CAA) or MESA, as well as a biennial symposium. To encourage scholarly contributions to the fields of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology, particularly by our junior members, HIAA also awards various competitive prizes: the Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture, for the best unpublished article written by a junior scholar; and the Grabar Grants and Fellowships, a new program, supported by the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund, intended to further research and assist participation in scholarly meetings.  President: Sheila Canby (;  Treasurer: Yasser Tabbaa (; Secretary: Abigail Balbale (;

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 University of Arizona (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 at:   

Middle East Economic Association (MEEA)

Founded in 1978. Membership: 1,000. Annual dues: regular members (residing outside the MENA region) $25; students (residing outside the MENA region) $20; all members residing in the MENA region $10. 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: Hassan Y. Aly,
Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and the Ohio State University ( Executive Secretary: Fatma Dogruel, Marmara University ( For membership, contact: Edward A. Sayre, Treasurer, University of Southern Mississippi (  

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 (2015): Roberta (Robin) L. Dougherty ( Vice President/Program Chair (2015): Jaleh Fazelian ( Secretary-Treasurer (2013-2016): William J. Kopycki ( Anyone interested in Middle East librarianship may subscribe to the Association’s MELANET mailing list through the form found here:

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 ( The MEM board, in 2015, has decided to transform its long established bulletin, Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists (ISSN: 1068-1051), into a peer-reviewed online journal ( 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 at avacca@utk.edumiddleeastmedievalists@ gmail.com

Middle East Microform 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, Chicago IL 60637 (773 955-4545 ext. 323; fax: 773 955-4339;

Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC)

Founded in 1981. Membership: 134. Dues: $10 individual; $25 institutional; $35 joint MESA/MEOC. 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: Barbara Petzen (571 For membership, contact: Melinda McClimans, Middle East Studies Center, Ohio State University, 321 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave., Columbus OH 43202 (614  

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. Beginning 2015, OTSA president is Dr. Linda Darling, Department of History, University of Arizona For membership, contact: Emine Evered, Dept. of History, Michigan State University (517 355-7500;;  

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.

Society for Armenian Studies (SAS)

Founded in 1974. Membership: 222. Membership fee: $50  
regular/supporting members; $25 students; $25 retired members; $50  
donors; $100 patrons. 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: Barlow Der Mugrdechian ( JSAS editor: Sergio La Porta ( Contact the Secretariat: 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 Seminar (SERMEISS)

Founded 1977. Membership: 176. Dues: $25 full; $20 associate. A
 professional society of faculty who study or teach some aspect of the
 Middle East or Islamic World. The twelve-state region includes
 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
 North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West
 Virginia. Members from outside the region are welcome. Fall and spring
 meetings annually, with programs designed for three levels:
 specialists, non-specialists who include the region in their college
 teaching, and pre-collegiate faculty. Publishes a newsletter, sponsors
 teacher-training workshops and trips abroad, and maintains a
 video-lending library.  President:  Don Zeigler, Old Dominion University, (; Executive  Director:  Dianne Chidester, Greenville Technical College, (; Direct membership  inquiries to the Executive Director.

Sudan 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: Randall Fegley( ; Executive Director: Richard Lobban, 23 Fort Ave. Cranston RI 02905 (; Webmaster: Ali Dinar (aadinar@sas.upenn.ed). Direct membership inquiries to the address above.

Syrian Studies Association (SSA)

Founded in 1992. Membership: 85. Annual dues: $25 full; $10 student and income under $35,000. 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:Keith David Watenpaugh (; Secretary-Treasurer:  Geoffrey D. Schad ( or visit:  

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII)

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. TAARII 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. TAARII promotes scholarly research on and in Iraq and aims to create a multidisciplinary American scholarly research center in Iraq, as conditions permit. TAARII raises funds for advanced graduate and post-graduate fellowships for Americans and Iraqis to work on Iraq. TAARII initiates its own conferences and research projects and is interested in fostering joint projects between American and Iraqi academics. TAARII publishes a semi-annual newsletter. The TAARII annual meeting is held in conjunction with MESA. TAARII sponsors panels at the annual MESA meeting. For information, contact: Beth Kangas, Executive Director, TAARII, 3923 28th St., #389, Grand Rapids MI  49512 (773-844-9658;;

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