4 March 2022
We express deep solidarity with Ukraine and convey a message of peace and support to all our friends.
First they came for Crimea, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Crimean.
Then they came for Ukraine, and I did not speak out— because I was not an Ukrainian.
Then they came for Georgia, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Georgian.
Then they came for Moldova, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Moldovian.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Inspired by Martin Niemöller
The ME Study Canter (formerly Group) is a think-tank that brings together people from different disciplines, academic and non-academic, to discuss Middle Easters affairs. Believing that university should be an integral part of the community, the MESC is open to all people who are interested in and engaged with ME politics. The group has been meeting since 2008, usually once a month on the third or fourth week of the month, to discuss pertinent topics. Meetings are usually designed for the discussion of work-in-progress papers, so presenters can benefit from the deliberation prior to publication.
The Study Group conducts research in ME affairs, delivers high quality, relevant academic insights through public presentations, provides forums to consolidate and promote understanding of current affairs, serves as a meeting point for people of different nationalities to converse and debate, and supports justice, human rights, women rights, minority rights, health rights, peace, security, tolerance, the two state solution — Israel and Palestine — as well as freedom of expression and academic freedom.
The group has dozens of members from different departments (Law, Politics, Business, Philosophy, Psychology, Drama, Biology, Theology and History). It includes lecturers, students, administrators and members of the public who frequent our activities. They come from all over the world. Further information at https://mesg.wordpress.hull.ac.uk/members/
“Thanks to the Middle East Studies Group, Hull is on the UK map for centres of excellence in studying the Middle East.”
Lord Williams of Baglan. The UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on the Middle East and UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon