AIMS at MESA 2019
November 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

Each year the AIMS board meets in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. Following the AIMS board meeting, all members and potential members are invited to attend the AIMS business meeting.

2019 Annual Board Meeting:
Closed meeting limited to board members, officers, directors, staff and invited guests.

2019 Annual Business Meeting:

Thursday, November 14th, 3:00-4:30pm*
Sheraton New Orleans, 3-Napoleon Ballroom, Section D1
*Meeting includes a short presentation by the 2019 L. Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize Winner:
Eric Calderwood, Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture 

2019 AIMS Sponsored Panels:
[P5394] Morocco under Mohamed VI, Twenty Years On (Saturday, 11/16/19 3:00pm)
[P5471] Tunisian exception? Overlapping frameworks and trajectories in the modern period (Saturday, 11/16/19 11:00am)
[P5599] Newsmen: facilitating Mediterranean information flows since 1900 (Friday, 11/15/19 10:15am)

2019 Jeanne Jeffers Mrad Travel Awards:
George Bajalia
Dima Africa, Daily Darija: Spectatorship, Sociality, and Sports among im/migrants in Tangier, Morocco
[P5699] Friday, 11/15/19 5:00pm

David Balgley
Youth Aspirations in Rural Morocco: The Case of the Gharb Plain
[P5548] Saturday, 11/16/19 5:30pm

Nada Berrada
Young People Getting By: Contextualizing Everyday Practices of Agency among Moroccan Youth
[P5548] Saturday, 11/16/19 5:30pm

Guy Eyre
Divine paths to politics: Salafism, Islamism, and the state in North Africa
[P5743] Friday, 11/15/19 5:00pm

Erin Gould
If not in the Square, where? Transitions in Place-making of Youthful Storytelling
[P5548] Saturday, 11/16/19 5:30pm

Tamara Maatouk
Understanding The Public Sector in Egyptian Cinema, 1957-1971: A State Venture
[P5601] Saturday, 11/16/19 11:00am

Elizabeth Matsushita
An Ambivalent “Renaissance”: Si Mammeri, Beaux Arts, and the Maintenance of Difference in Colonial Morocco, 1920-1940
[P5778] Sunday, 11/17/19 11:00am

Lana Salman
Local fixes and global knowledge flows: Probing Tunisia’s best practices in urban upgrading programs
[P5471] Saturday, 11/16/19 11:00am

Sarah Schwartz
Institutionalization and the Underground in Moroccan Youth Culture
[P5548] Saturday, 11/16/19 5:30pm

Paraska Tolan
The Red in Red-Carpet Regalia: The Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage and the Fight for African Liberation
[P5796] Friday, 11/15/19 10:15am

Julian Weideman
Tunisian Islam’? ‘Islamic legislation,’ women’s rights, and connected histories of reform in Egypt and Tunisia
[P5471] Saturday, 11/16/19 11:00am


Robert P. Parks, CEMA Director
The Sultan’s Creole: Shifts and Oscillations in Algeria’s Political, Economic, Foreign Policy, and Counterterrorism Strategies Under Bouteflika
[P5687] Saturday, 11/16/19 11:00am


AIMS nine member Board of Directors serve three year terms. Annually, two are selected from the Institutional Members and one from the general membership. Officers, staff and Overseas Research Directors are part of AIMS steering committee. Past officers and directors are often asked to attend in an advisory capacity.

Current AIMS Board: (through year listed)
2019: Benjamin Brower, University of Texas at Austin
2019: Muriam Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
2019: Camilo Gomez-Rivas, University of California, Santa Cruz

2020: Brock Cutler, Radford University
2020: Hussein Fancy, University of Michigan
2020: Yael Warshel, Pennsylvania State University

2021: Ali Akhtar, Bates College
2021: Chouki El Hamel, Arizona State University
2021: Quinn Mecham, Brigham Young University

AIMS Officers, Staff and Advisors:
Allen Fromherz, President
James Miller, Vice President
Mia Fuller, Treasurer
Diana Wylie, Secretary
Terry Ryan, AIMS US Director
Robert Parks, CEMA Director
Laryssa Chomiak, CEMAT Director
John Davison, TALIM Director
Rick Spees, CAORC Director
I. William Zartman, Founding Member