MES Book Award

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.

Submissions must take place via a brief letter of nomination from another scholar; self-nominations and nominations directly from presses are not accepted. Deadlines and details will be posted on the MES website, as well as in the AN “MES Section News” column and via email publicity. The award will be presented at the MES business meeting at the AAA annual meeting.

Past winners:

  • 2019
    Winner: Nathalie Peutz, Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen (Stanford University Press, 2018)
    Honorable mention: Elif M. Babül, Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2017)
  • 2017
    Winner: Zuzanna Olszewska, St. John’s College, Oxford: The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood Among Young Afghans in Iran (Indiana University Press, 2015).
    Honorable mention: Alice Wilson, University of Sussex: Sovereignty in Exile: A Saharan Liberation Movement Governs (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
  • 2015
    Winner: Diana Allan, McGill University: Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (Stanford University Press, 2013)