MESEA joins other international scholarly organizations in speaking out against the racism embodied in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. We support the peaceful demonstrations around the globe against institutionalized violence, which so often affects people considered “Other” by hegemonic authorities. Since the founding of MESEA in 1998, our conferences and publications have provided a sounding board for criticism and understanding in cultural, historical, and literary works and phenomena connected with multiethnicity and transnationality. Recent events clearly show that we need to continue and intensify our engagement. Our deepest sympathies are with those who have suffered and continue to suffer.

The MESEA Board


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). The 2020 MESEA conference will be held in Larnaka, Cyprus.

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.

Twelfth Biennial MESEA Conference

The 2020 MESEA conference, which was scheduled to take place in Larnaka/Pyla, Cyprus, May 27-30, 2020, hosted by UCLAN Cyprus, will be postponed until 2021. An announcement with an update will be posted in the fall.

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Circum-Atlantic Linguistic Flows

Special Issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents

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Eleventh Biennial MESEA Conference Moments


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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