The MES Book Award
The Middle East Section book award is awarded biennially 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. The jury for this award is chaired by an MES board member, usually the Past President, who selects two other scholars as jury members.
Submission deadlines and details are posted on the MES website, as well as in the AN “MES Section News” column and via Facebook, Twitter, and email. The award is presented at the MES business meeting before/during the AAA annual meeting.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 MES Book Award winner is Dr. Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, for Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford U Press). The honorable mention for this competition cycle goes to Dr. Salih Can Açiksöz, for Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey (UC Press). Congratulations to both Sophia and Can, whose accomplishments we will celebrate at the MES business meeting and awards ceremony!