MESA Awards

 2017 INAUGURAL AGAPS BOOK AWARD

The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites nominations for its inaugural 2017 Book Award. Nominations can be made either by the publisher or the author. The criteria for nominated books are as follows:

1. Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2017.

2. Subject matter must deal primarily with the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, inclusive of the transnational flow of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and/or Indian Ocean.

3. Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, textbooks, and surveys.

4. Nominations must be made by May 15, 2017 along with books delivered to committee readers to be eligible for the competition. Emailed nominations are acceptable.

The author of the winning book will receive $500 and a certificate of award. Winners will be announced at the annual AGAPS business meeting at the 51st MESA Annual s website (www.agaps.org) and published in the Journal of Arabian Studies.

TO NOMINATE A BOOK: Deadline: May 15, 2017

1. Submit a letter of nomination (by May 1, 2017) and send one copy of the book (by May 15, 2017) to the Chair of the Book Award Committee. In the letter, for each book nominated, please include the full title, author’s full name, publisher, and publication date. Send to: Glenn E. Robinson, AGAPS Book Award Chair, PO Box 8721, Monterey, CA 93943. Please also email the nomination letter to Glenn Robinson (grobinson@nps.edu) and Gwenn Okruhlik (okruhlik@msn.com).

2. Send one copy of the book(s) to each of the three readers on the Book Award Committee by May 15, 2017. Please contact Glenn Robinson for full details on names and addresses of committee members: grobinson@nps.edu

 

AGAPS Dissertation Prize 2017: Call for Submissions

The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites recent PhD graduates to submit their dissertations for consideration for its 2017 PhD Dissertation Award. AGAPS wishes to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing. AGAPS welcomes dissertations from across the disciplines and a variety of perspectives. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula, but can be inclusive of the transnational flows of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. Entries will be read by a multi-disciplinary three-member committee. PhD dissertations (in English) accepted for the degree of PhD between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 are eligible. The PhD must have been confirmed/awarded within this timeframe. Dissertations that have not been defended will not be considered. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2017.

The author of the winning dissertation will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 18–21 November 2017 in Washington, DC. The winning dissertation will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS). The author will be invited to publish an article based on his/her dissertation in JAS.

Submission requirements:

  • A Brief Application Form 
  • A Verification of Degree Completion
  • A Letter of Nomination (by author’s adviser or sponsor)
  • An Abstract (250 words) 
  • The Manuscript (digital copy)
  • AGAPS membership. You can join online at agaps.org.

All materials should be sent to: Crystal A. Ennis at c.a.ennis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with a copy to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik@msn.com. Early submissions are appreciated.

 

AGAPS Graduate Paper Prize 2017: Call for Submissions

The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites the submission of graduate student research papers for AGAPS’s 2017 Graduate Paper Prize. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula but can be inclusive of the transnational flow of people, goods and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. AGAPS welcomes submissions from all disciplines. Papers should include an engagement with literature, a clear methodology, and make an original contribution to scholarship in the field. Papers will be evaluated according to originality of research, innovation, contribution to the field, cogency of argument, sources, method and clarity of writing. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. Submission deadline is 31 August 2017.

The author of the winning paper will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 18–21 November 2017 in Washington, DC. The winning paper will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS) and published by JAS if it meets the journal’s editorial standards.

Submission requirements:

The paper must have been written between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

The cover letter should include: author’s name, contact information, title of paper, name of institution, department, and the name and email address for the faculty member who will provide an endorsement.  Email is fine.

Students can nominate themselves but must provide an endorsement by a faculty member stating that the paper was written as a graduate student during the specified time period.  For example:  This is to verify that “Student Name” prepared the paper, “Title”, for my class on “Subject” during the “Semester”.  This can be sent via email.

The author can be enrolled in an MA or a PhD program and must provide proof of student status. (This can be a letter from the department that can be sent via email.)  The author may have just completed a Master’s degree but the author must not have defended a dissertation at the time of submission for the AGAPS Graduate Paper Prize.  

The paper must not exceed 7,500 words (excluding bibliography) and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. It should conform to the following format:

  • Standard font (such as Arial or Times Roman)
  • Double-spaced
  • 25” / 3 cm margins
  • Page limit of 30 pages
  • Black and white

Applicant must be a current member of AGAPS.  You can join online at www.agaps.org.

Materials must be emailed by 31 August 2017 to: Crystal Ennis at c.a.ennis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with a copy to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik@msn.com. (Early submissions are appreciated.)