The MEALA, The Middle Eastern Association for Linguistic Anthropology, is the society networking all Linguistic Anthropology, and its sociolinguistic, Cultural anthropological, ethnomusicological, and so forth, sub strands focusing on the Middle East, for scholars worldwide. The society provides a network for these scholars globally, so to gather to engage in the extensive field that is Middle Eastern Linguistic Anthropology, though this in no way limits work to those with focus on the Middle East, or to Linguistic Anthropologists, Linguistics, or Anthropologists. Networking multiple universities, organizations, and the social and cultural sectors, the Association is governed but the main committee, advised by a Scientific committee of globally prominent scholars. globally prominent institutions, its partner, the American Anthropological Association, and its official publishing partner , Taylor and Francis Global Publishers.
The general aims of the Association include:
To elicit new understandings of Linguistic Anthropology, by centering research and rhetoric on Middle Eastern contexts, and the network of related fields.
To contribute significantly to the advanced efforts of other global societies and organizations in Linguistic Anthropology, such as the SLA (Society for Linguistic Anthropology), The JLA (The Journal for Linguistic Anthropology), the AAA (the American Anthropological Association), The JAT (the Journal of Anthropological theory), the Annual Review of Anthropology, and others, The CALA (The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology), The SCAALA (The South and Central American Association of Linguistic Anthropology), The COMELA (The Conference on Mediterranean Linguistic Anthropology), The COOLA (The Conference on Oceanian Linguistic Anthropology), AFALA (The African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology), The SS (The Sociolinguistics Symposium), and so forth.
To strengthen conceptions, and interest, in Linguistic Anthropology in The Middle East, and to increasingly connect scholars working in and on Middle Eastern regions with those in other region.