The Centre is organized around three core themes:
- Urban cultures, history, literatures, and politics
- Diasporic communities of the MENA region
- Sustainable development
The MENA Studies Centre seeks to foster understanding of the cultural, political, and social context of a region that tends to be misunderstood in North America. Through the research activities of the Centre, we promote dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, as well as between the University and the broader community of which we are a part. The primary mandate of the Centre is thus to educate and to enable greater learning and understanding, as well as strengthen interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among researchers and members of the community.
Our mission is to emphasize the MENA region as a diverse, complex, and pluralistic space, and to explore new perspectives for understanding the MENA region and its interdependence with other cultures across the globe.