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March 1, 2019

Call for Nominations for the 2019 MES Student Paper Award

The Middle East Section requests submissions for our Student Paper Award. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The winner will receive a prize of $500, plus a chance to summarize the award winning paper in AN and at the 2019 AAA meeting in Vancouver . Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (not including notes and bibliography) and must have been completed no earlier than […]

February 27, 2019

Call for Nominations for the 2019 MES Book Award

The Middle East Section is now accepting nominations for its biennial book award. This award is given to an anthropological work (single- or multi-authored, but not edited volumes) that speaks to issues in a way that holds relevance beyond our subfield. Criteria may include: innovative approaches, theoretical sophistication, and topical originality. Books submitted for the […]

2018 Distinguished Scholar Award: Saba Mahmood (in memoriam)

The Middle East Section’s 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award was awarded in memoriam to Dr. Saba Mahmood (1962-2018). Dr. Mahmood published groundbreaking work in feminist anthropology, religion, and secularism, particularly in Egypt. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1998 and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, since 2004. She received numerous honors and […]

February 8, 2019

2018 MES Student Paper Award Winner: Noha Fikry

The 2018 Middle East Section Student Paper Award Winner: Noha Fikry (American University in Cairo), “Spaces of Life, States of Death.” Based on one year of fieldwork in a number of multispecies-inhabited rooftops across Cairo and Alexandria, Fikry‘s paper examines the interplay of life and death as twin forces that are complementary, co-constitutive, and co-productive rather than merely opposed. In […]

May 26, 2018

Extended Deadline! Now July 1. Call for Nominations for the 2018 MES Distinguished Scholar Award

MES Distinguished Scholar Award The Middle East Section requests nominations for its bi-annual distinguished scholar award. This award is for a senior scholar in Middle Eastern anthropology who is an outstanding academic in terms of scholarly publications and service to Middle Eastern anthropology, including mentorship and interventions in public debates. An award of $500 will […]

Call for Nominations for the 2018 MES Student Paper Award

The Middle East Section requests submissions for our Student Paper Award. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The winner will receive a prize of $500, plus a chance to summarize the award winning paper in AN and at the 2018 AAA meeting in San Jose. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (not including notes and bibliography) and must have been completed no earlier than […]

January 22, 2018

Call for Nominations for the 2018 MES Distinguished Scholar Award

MES Distinguished Scholar Award The Middle East Section requests nominations for its bi-annual distinguished scholar award. This award is for a senior scholar in Middle Eastern anthropology who is an outstanding academic in terms of scholarly publications and service to Middle Eastern anthropology, including mentorship and interventions in public debates. An award of $500 will […]

September 18, 2017

2017 MES Book Award Winner

Winner Zuzanna Olszewska, St. John’s College, Oxford: The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood Among Young Afghans in Iran (Indiana University Press, 2015). Honorable mention Alice Wilson, University of Sussex: Sovereignty in Exile: A Saharan Liberation Movement Governs (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

January 8, 2017

Call for Nominations for the 2017 MES Book Award

The Middle East Section is now accepting nominations for its biennial book award. This award is given to an anthropological work (single- or multi-authored, but not edited volumes) that speaks to issues in a way that holds relevance beyond our subfield. Criteria may include: innovative approaches, theoretical sophistication, and topical originality. Books submitted for the […]

December 6, 2016

Call for Nominations for the 2017 MES Student Paper Award

The Middle East Section requests submissions for our Student Paper Award. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The winner will receive a prize of $500, plus a chance to summarize the award winning paper in AN and at the 2017 AAA meeting in Washington, DC. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (not […]