Welcome to SERMEISS. The name SERMEISS (pronounced SER-meese) is an acronym for the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar, a professional society for faculty from various fields whose common connection is the study or teaching of some aspect of the Middle East or Muslim World. The organization was founded in 1977 to provide scholars in the southeastern United States with an opportunity to meet regularly with colleagues to share research findings and teaching concerns. SERMEISS is an affiliated organization of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).
SERMEISS sponsors two meetings annually, fall and spring. Programs are designed to provide for interaction among teachers interested in the Middle East and Islam at three levels–trained specialists in Middle East and Islamic Studies, non-specialists who include the region in their college teaching, and secondary school teachers.