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Amy Newhall


The Whys and Hows of Staging a MESA Annual Meeting

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The annual meetings of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) are large. There are only a handful of hotels that have a sufficient number of sleeping rooms for attendees and adequate meeting space for panels. Normally, MESA does not use convention centers because they cost at a minimum sixty thousand dollars right off the top. In the few cases where we have used them (e.g., Anchorage and Montréal), those facilities were provided at no cost by the convention bureaus of ...

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Amy Newhall


Amy Newhall is the Executive Director of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). She is also an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Art and Architecture in the School of Middle Easter and North African Studies at the University of Arizona.