Jam3a: a Virtual MENA Workspace


We invite those of you focusing on the MENA/SWANA region to join an initiative called Jam3a: a Virtual MENA Workspace.


What is Jam3a?

Jam3a (Arabic for “gathering”) is an online, interdisciplinary co-working space for scholars from and working on the MENA region. Operating via Slack and Zoom rooms, we envision Jam3a to serve as a 24/7 online co-working space akin to a study lounge or grad lab where scholars can connect with one another. The idea is for this to be a virtual space for formal and informal engagement where members focused on the MENA at any university, in any discipline, and any part of the world can work together, discuss ideas, workshop their projects, and network. There will be 24-hour Zoom rooms available for study sessions, workshopping, and brainstorming spaces, as well as open forums. In addition, we will create spaces for individuals to share resources on language development skills, research grants and fellowships, and general research tips and guidelines. Assistant professors are encouraged to use this space to find potential RAs as well.


Who can join?

To start, Jam3a will cater to early career scholars(graduate students, non-tenured faculty, etc.). As we grow, we hope to expand membership to more senior scholars and those outside of the academy interested in being in community with scholars of the region. In the meantime, we encourage senior scholars to share this announcement with colleagues and students who might be interested in joining Jam3a.


How do you join?

We ask that anyone interested in joining Jam3a fill out the Google form using the following link: https://forms.gle/cv5iw3zYEWRHyMU59.

Once members fill out the google form, we will follow up with the next steps. We will also use the information provided to set up slack workspace for the group on Slack.

Slack is free to use and can be downloaded here: https://slack.com/get-started#/createnew.

We recommend using the same email submitted on the google form in starting an account. Currently, the slack channel looks like this, but the channels and features may change with members’ input once we launch the workspace.