2015 Undergraduate Conference

The Middle Eastern Studies Student Association (MESSA) at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar invites qualified undergraduate students to submit papers for the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Conference on Middle Eastern Studies. This year’s theme is Narrowing the Gap: The Conversation between the Governing and the Governed in the Middle East. Striving to enhance undergraduate research culture, MESSA provides a dynamic platform that allows students to present their work as well as facilitate academic discussion and informed dialogue and debates on economic, social and political issues pertaining to the Middle East.

Undergraduate students with original research on the Middle East are invited to submit their papers or pieces of artwork to participate in this fourth international MESSA conference, which will take place March 16-19, 2015, at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar.

Research paper submitted must be complete, can be written in English or Arabic and are required to have correct and consistent citations. Papers should be approximately 10-15 pages in length excluding bibliography, double-spaced and formatted with 12-point Times New Roman font. Student also have the option to submit pieces of art such as paintings, films, or poems. Artwork must also include a research paper that explain the artwork in relation to this year’s theme.

Please include a brief biography, and a high resolution professional photo along with the research paper or piece of art and send it to sf.......[at]georgetown.edu. The deadline for applications is January 8, 2015. Both will be assessed based on research quality and relevance to the conference theme. Exemplary research papers and artwork will be included in the inaugural edition of the MESSA academic journal, which is partnered up with Bloomsbury Publishing.