Middle East Studies Forum (MESF), Deakin University (External organisation)

Pace, M. (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership in research network


The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) is a network of world-class researchers and educators based at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in the field of Middle East and Central Asia studies and languages. MESF manages a number of high-profile international grants and teaching initiatives, regularly hosts international and national events and seminars, and runs a biannual Middle East studies conference.
MESF is convened by Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh. We are a collaborative network open to researchers, research students, policy-makers, media professionals and anyone interested in the region. We are well-placed to conduct and collaborate on high-profile international research and teaching initiatives relating to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
MESF focuses on the following topics in relation to contemporary Middle East and Central Asia:
International Relations, security and foreign policy dynamics
The rapidly changing nature of civil society and democracy
The emergence of sub-state groups
Defining the ‘Middle East’ and examining how it has been constructed and understood in the ‘West’
The role of minorities and women across the regions
The complex and overlapping histories of the region and its myriad languages, cultures and political movements
Utilising interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies as the basis for understanding the complexities of the region.
The need for innovative teaching and the supervision of higher degree work in the field
Period28 Feb 2018
Held atMiddle East Studies Forum (MESF), Deakin University, Australia
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Globalisation
  • citizenship
  • Middle East studies