Awards

November 3, 2022

MES Student Paper Award 2022

We are thrilled to announce the 2022 MES Student Paper Award winner, Stuart Ahn Sones (Indiana University), for his paper, “Conspiracies from the Unseen: Authenticating Islamic Discourse in a Neoliberal Moment.”

October 25, 2022

MES Distinguished Scholar Award 2022

We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2022 MES Distinguished Scholar Award: Dr. Farha Ghannam (Swarthmore College). We will be talking more about her important research and commitment to teaching and mentorship at our business meeting – please join us! The business meeting will be held on Zoom on November 4th at 3:00-4:15 […]

October 20, 2022

AAA Denounces Iran’s Brutal Crackdown On Peaceful Protests

As a scholarly and professional association of anthropologists and on behalf of our 8000 members worldwide, the AAA denounces in the strongest possible terms the Iranian government’s attacks on peaceful protests in Iran and the brutal crackdown on students and educational institutions. The most recent reports indicate that more than 200 protestors have been killed […]

June 7, 2022

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. […]

May 2, 2022

~~CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: THE 2022 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 (Anthropology News, a publication of the AAA that goes to all members of the association) and at the 2022 […]

October 25, 2021

2021 MES Student Paper Awards

This year’s prize committee is excited to announce that the recipient of the AAA MES Section award for the student paper prize goes to: Ms. Alia Amr Amin Shaddad – A graduate student at the American University in Cairo, for a chapter of her MA thesis entitled “al-Dar is Where the Heart Is”, which was advised […]

September 29, 2021

MES Book Award 2021

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 […]

September 28, 2021

MES Distinguished Scholar Award 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the recipient of the 2021 MES Distinguished Scholar Award is Dr. Julie Peteet (University of Louisville). Please join us at our business meeting – currently scheduled for Thursday 11/11 @ 3-4EST, zoom link forthcoming – to learn more from the prize committee and to celebrate Dr. Peteet’s accomplishments.

August 27, 2021

MES Statement on Palestine

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against ongoing settler colonialism and condemn Zionist violence against them, including forced evictions and retaliatory violence by Israeli state forces against Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and within the state of Israel. We condemn the recent forced evictions of Palestinian families in the […]

May 18, 2021

MES Statement on Palestine, updated 5.27.21

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against ongoing settler colonialism and condemn Zionist violence against them, including forced evictions and retaliatory violence by Israeli state forces against Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and within the state of Israel. We condemn the recent forced evictions of Palestinian families in the […]