The MES Book Award
The Middle East Section book award is awarded bi-annually 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.
The MES Distinguished Scholar Award
Established in 2006, the biennial MES Distinguished Scholar Award includes a cash award of $500, and recognition at the Middle East Section business meeting at the annual AAA conference. The Distinguished Scholar award is granted to an anthropologist of the Middle East whose teaching and whose contributions to the literature and the profession have substantially advanced the field. The call for nominations is typically issued in the spring and the deadline is April 15. Please see the link above or check the news announcements for more details.
The MES Student Paper Prize
The MES proudly sponsors an annual paper prize for students in anthropology and related disciplines. Established in 2000, the MES Student Paper Prize includes a cash award of $500, ideally to help defray the costs of travel to the annual AAA conference, and recognition at the Middle East Section meeting at the conference. Papers from current undergraduate or graduate students on any aspect of Middle East anthropology will be evaluated according to originality, significance, use of data, and quality of writing. Papers may not have been published at the time of submission. The call for papers is typically issued in the spring, and the deadline for submission is June 15. Please see the link above or check the news announcements for more details.