Our Mission

Baraza is a meeting space for critical collaboration run by graduate students in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. We hope to challenge the area studies paradigm by thinking across regions and intellectual traditions. This demands that we, as young scholars, employ innovative technologies and cultivate an accessible language that bridges the gaps between the academy and a broader public seeking to learn more about the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.