AMECYS 2020 Early Career Article Winner!

Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure that I write to announce that the winner of the AMECYS 2020 Early Career Article Award: Maayan Hilel’s “Changing Texture of Childhood: Palestinian Children as New Leisure Consumers in Mandatory Haifa.” The article award committee noted the high caliber of all the submissions, but unanimously selected the winner based on its outstanding contribution to the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. 

In regards to Hilel’s article, the committee writes: “The article she submitted is original in its subject matter (including rich insights from Haifa’s local press and archival sources) and innovative in scope. Hilel’s argument is articulate and her discourse well-structured and confident. Her literature review is impressive, and her primary sources are diverse. The article’s structure is coherent and flowing.”

AMECYS would like to thank the esteemed members of the committee who graciously shared their time and expertise to make the first AMECYS early career article award a success. The committee consisted of:

Fruma Zachs (University of Haifa) Chair

Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford)

Kathryn Libal (University of Connecticut)

Lastly, we would like to thank all the scholars whose excellent work was submitted to the competition. They helped ensure a robust competition and they collectively demonstrate the exponential growth in the field of children and youth studies in the Middle East and North Africa. We encourage you to read all their articles as well:

Chiara Diana, “Legitimizing child martyrdom? The emergence of a new political subjectivity in revolutionary Egypt.”

Deniz Yonucu, “Urban Vigilantism: A Study of Anti-Terror Law, Politics and Policing in Istanbul.”

Dylan Baun, “Lebanon’s Youth Clubs and the 1936 Summer Olympics: Mobilizing Sports, Challenging Imperialism and Launching a National Project.”

Emanuela Buscemi, “Resistant identities: culture and politics among Kuwaiti youth.”

Hussam Hussein, “A critique of water scarcity discourses in educational policy and textbooks in Jordan.”

Lena-Maria Möller, “Family Law in the GCC and the Best Interests of the Child: The Multiple Meanings of a Vague Legal Concept.”

Maayan Hilel, “Changing Texture of Childhood: Palestinian Children as new Leisure Consumers in Mandatory Haifa.”


Heidi Morrison (on behalf of the AMECYS board)

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