ASI Reception (Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30pm, Bowie B)

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Location: Bowie B, 2nd Floor, MESA Main Hotel

Join us at our open (and catered) reception this year, where will be pleased to showcase the following recent developments.

Details below!

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Launching MESPI (Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative)

MESPI’s new website will be announced on Friday! You can visit the info page now, however, at

MESPI (Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative) is a curated interactive platform for middle east studies resources, specifically tailored for the needs of teachers, researchers, and students. It will be a one-stop shop for course design on the macro level, lesson planning on the micro level, and for scholarship vis-a-vis specific topics, countries, and disciplines. MESPI will feature a variety of resources for research, syllabus-building, and graduate/language programs search, as well as thorough databases of new scholarly production.

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Launching of the Inaugural Issue of JADMAG (Jadaliyya in Print)

This issue coincides with the eighth anniversary of Jadaliyya, and ushers in a new era and concept for JadMag. Starting this fall, it will be published as a subscription-based magazine in both hard-copy and electronically. JADMAG will be released in print four times a year. Coupling timely content with the addition of essential readings lists, reviews of new books and scholarly articles, and topical pieces from Jadaliyya’s celebrated archives allows the JADMAG project more ambitiously to function as a knowledge producer, a near-comprehensive source of analysis on the region, and a pedagogical resource par excellence. Read more about this at

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Announcing the Political Economy Project 2018 Book Prize

The Political Economy Project (PEP) organized its third annual book prize to recognize exceptional work in critical political economy of the Middle East. This year, we will announce and celebrate the winner of third annual book prize as well as share more information on eligibility criteria and nomination procedures for the 2019 prize. Visit for more information.


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Showcasing New Developments with Arab Studies Journal

Arab Studies Journal is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary research publication in the field of Arab and Middle East studies. In its over twenty years of publication, it prides itself on simultaneously featuring the work of promising young scholars and established scholars. At the ASI reception, the ASJ editorial team will highlight our most recent content and a new online platform.

Visit for more information and a look at our previous and current issues!

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Launching The Nerdiest Show: Glorified Books Received

The Nerdiest Show (TNS) features researchers talking about books received at the desk of the and

Lightheartedly, we discuss each book in five minutes or so, including the author, title, table of contents, praise on the back cover, and the books’ pedagogical utility. Tune in for a thoroughly nerdy affair and don’t tell anyone you’re doin’ it! Watch TNS on or and read up on featured books.

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Announcing the Lebanon Dissertation Summer Institute

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the fourth annual Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute on Lebanon, to be held 17-28 June 2019. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon.

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Announcing the Political Economy Summer Institute

We are soliciting applications from doctoral students and other researchers for our fourth Political Economy Summer Institute to be held in 6-10 June 2019 at George Mason University on the political economy of the Middle East (6 June is arrival day). The aim of the Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) is both to provide graduate level engagement and instruction as well as to connect doctoral students and independent researchers with mid-career and senior scholars working in the field of critical political economy.