News

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 […]

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 […]