MESEA Statement in Support of Ukraine

MESEA (Society for Multiethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas) acts as a forum for cooperation between universities, political institutions, and ethnic communities and supports the scholarly and cultural exchange among them in order to further intercultural understanding. As an academic organization that aims to bring together people from different ethnic cultures and communities as well as nations and that strongly supports the democratic values of justice, equality, and freedom of expression, we are deeply shocked by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and condemn Russia’s violent attacks on Ukrainian territory, infrastructure, and particularly its citizens. We express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people in their resistance against these acts of aggression and with the millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war. We also express our solidarity with those within Russia who stand up against the unjust war waged against Ukraine and its people.

MESEA – The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas

MESEA was founded in 1998 in response to the challenge of ethnic studies in a time of increasing globalization to provide an international forum for interdisciplinary discussion on multiethnic studies. The Society promotes the study of the ethnic cultures of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in their circumatlantic relations from a transdisciplinary literary, historical and cultural studies perspective.

The society acts as a forum for cooperation between universities, political institutions, and ethnic communities and supports the scholarly and cultural exchange among them in order to further intercultural understanding. MESEA currently has over 140 members from 35 countries.

MESEA holds its biennial conference in the spring, an event that brings together hundreds of international scholars to discuss issues related to these concerns. Conference topics have included: the place of ethnic communities in democratic societies, comparative perspectives on ethnic studies, ethnic lifewritings and histories, questions of migration, and sites of ethnicity. These meetings have been held in Heidelberg, Germany (1998); Orleans, France (2000); Padua, Italy (2002); Thessaloniki, Greece (2004); Pamplona, Spain (2006); Leiden, Netherlands (2008); Pécs, Hungary (2010); Barcelona, Spain (2012); Saarbrücken, Germany (2014); Warsaw, Poland (2016); and Graz, Austria (2018). Because of the Covid pandemic the MESEA conference in Larnaka, Cyprus, scheduled originally for May 2020, had to be postponed two years and will be held in Larnaka, Cyprus, May 26-29, 2022.

The Association also promotes lively publishing activities. Apart from its journal, Atlantic Studies, and the official volume of essays that develop from the conferences, other volumes have been published based on MESEA activities or specific panel sessions at the biennial meetings.

Young Scholars Excellence Award (YSEA) - Extension deadline: June 30, 2022

To give young MESEA scholars a second chance to submit their Cyprus conference papers for the YSEA, the submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, June 30, 23:59 hrs.

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Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize

Since 2015 the Editors of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents have awarded the annual Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize. Eligible candidates must be graduate students or persons who have received their PhD less than three years prior to submission and...

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MESEA in numbers

140Members
35Countries
21Years
12Conferences