Arab American Studies Association

History, Ethnicity, Culture: AASA facilitates communication, promotes cooperation, stimulates research, and explores intersections between Arab American, Arab, and diasporic Arab experiences.

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AASA is a non-profit organization of scholars and other persons interested in the study of Arab American history, ethnicity, culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of Arab American experience. 

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Publications, CFPs, job announcments, and more. Check out what’s happening in the world of Arab American Studies.

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Upcoming Conferences

We maintain an active conference agenda by hosting our own conference every three years and creating space annually at other national conferences for members to meet and share their most recent work. 

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Arab Americans Studies Association Board of Directors

AASA Statement on Persistent Discourses of Racism, Sexism, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, and Homophobia since the US presidential election.

The Arab American Studies Association is alarmed by the open racism, bigotry, and rising level of hate crimes perpetrated against Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, People of Color now on display in the United States. We oppose characterizations of groups of people as if they were monolithic, and abhor the use of labels such as terrorist, rapist, illegal, deviant, or criminal being applied to any group of people. We similarly oppose language and actions that objectify and disempower women and girls, including for the ways they choose to dress and live their lives.

We have spent our careers documenting how such reckless language incites others to violence and war and illustrating how media reproductions of these discourses fuel ignorance and hatred and punish the innocent. Since the recent election we are concerned to see that Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, women, People of Color, the differently abled, and LGBTX communities are forced to conduct their daily lives in a hyper vigilant state. As a community largely of academics, we strongly endorse institutional measures that support students and faculty at risk.

We call upon our universities to take active steps to introduce curricula that produce critical knowledges about racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities that challenge the widespread ignorance and intolerance currently thriving among sectors of the US population. We call on AASA members to redouble their efforts to inform and educate persons inside and outside of our institutions, to provide resources and support to people at risk, and to actively resist any forthcoming government policies that would endanger any and all of these communities.

We reaffirm that we are not only scholars, but also world citizens who are committed in word and deed to creating a more just world. As such, we stand in solidarity with other organizations and collectives committed to social and racial justice.

Arab Americans Studies Association Board of Directors

December 11, 2016



In addition to hosting our triennial conference, AASA is active at a number of national conferences.

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AASA 2017

Our 2017 meeting, “Waypoints and Watersheds,” was hosted by the National Arab American Museum. Thank you to everyone who participated for making this event such a success!

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AASA sponsors panels and events at the American Studies Assocation’s annual conference, and also holds its business and board meetings there in alternating years. We hope you join us next year.

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AASA holds its business and board meetings at the Middle East Studies Association annual conference in alternating years. We also sponsor an active schedule of panels and roundtables. Our next meeting at MESA will be in 2018. 

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Arab American Panels at MLA 2018

The upcoming Modern Languages Association (Jan 3-7, 2018) conference has a number of Arab American panels on the schedule. If you’ll be in New York please join us and consider tweeting with #arabamstudies. 

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