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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 […]

May 14, 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 4, 2021

MES Statement on the Desecration of the Remains of the Children of MOVE and the Africa Family

The Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association strongly condemns the desecration of MOVE victims’ remains and unequivocally endorses the statement and list of demands issued by the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA), the Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA), and the Black in Bioanthropology Collective (BiBA). MES recognizes the deep legacy of racism in […]

April 8, 2021

Call for Nominations for the 2021 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 2021 AAA meeting in Baltimore. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (not including notes and […]

March 16, 2021

Call for Nominations: The 2021 MES Book Award

The Middle East Section is accepting nominations for its bi-annual book award. This award is given to an anthropological work (single- or multi-authored, but not edited volumes) that speaks to issues in ways that hold relevance beyond our subfield. Criteria may include: innovative approaches, theoretical sophistication, and topical originality. Books submitted for the 2021 award […]

April 16, 2020

Call for Nominations for the 2020 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 2020 AAA meeting in St. Louis. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (not including notes and bibliography) and must have been completed no earlier than […]

October 29, 2019

2019 Middle East Section Student Paper Award winner: Alize Arıcan

Congratulations to the 2019 MES Student Paper Award winner: Alize Arıcan, “Behind the Scaffolding: Manipulations of Time, Power, and Delays in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul”   Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Derderian, “Playing with the Rules: Critique and Freedom of Artistic Expression in the UAE”   With thanks to the committee: Maya Mikdashi (Chair), Gökçe Günel, Seema Golstaneh

2019 Middle East Section Book Award winner: Nathalie Peutz

Congratulations to the 2019 Middle East Section Book Award Winner: Nathalie Peutz, Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen (Stanford, 2018)   Honorable Mention: Elif M. Babül, Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey (Stanford, 2017)   With thanks to the committee: Kim Shively (Chair), Ian Straughn, Alice Wilson

August 20, 2019

MES Member Testimonials

Congratulations to four MES members featured on the AAA website for their member testimonials: Sa’ed Atshan (Swarthmore) Giulia El Dardiry (McGill) Yasmin Moll (Michigan) Zeynep Oguz (Northwestern) To see their pictures and read their testimonials, please click through to the AAA page and scroll down to the Middle East Section: https://www.americananthro.org/participateandadvocate/iamaaa.aspx?navItemNumber=22417

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 […]