Call for Nominations — 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, teaching, and service to Middle Eastern anthropology, including mentorship and interventions in public debates. The MES Distinguished Scholar Award carries a prize of $500.

MES includes members specializing in cultural, linguistic and biological anthropology and archaeology and nominees from all subdisciplines are welcome. To nominate a senior scholar for this award please submit a 500-word statement on the merits of the nominee and a link to their website (official university or personally curated websites are fine, provided that they include a CV).Nomination statements should be sent to the co-chairs of the award committee, Ay┼če Parla ( and Tessa Farmer (, by August 1, 2022. The award will be presented at the 2022 AAA meetings in Seattle, where the winner will be invited to give a talk at the MES business meeting.