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AMECYS 2020 Book Award Winners!

Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure that I write to announce that the co-winners of the AMECYS 2020 book award competition: Nazan Maksudyan’s Ottoman Children and Youth During World War I (Syracuse 2019) and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding (Cambridge 2019). The book award committee noted the high calibre of all the submissions, but selected the winners, after long and careful deliberations, based on their outstanding contribution to the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities.  

In regards to Maksudyan’s book, the committee notes its significant contribution to the study of children in the Ottoman Empire and in the discipline of history more generally. The committee describes the book as “impeccably written, highly readable, without the jargon that often accompanies academic tomes, providing both a new approach to the study of children and a new approach to working in and interpreting archives. This is simply a wonderful book that will be of interest not only to academics working on the Middle East but to a wide range of scholars across disciplines and regions with an interest in the study of children and childhood.”

In regards to Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s book, the committee notes its significant contribution to understanding how children are used as political capital by those in power in society.  The committee writes, “Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, as an academic and activist living and working in East Jerusalem is not a distanced observer of the society she is studying but an engaged participant with a commitment to witnessing and sharing the experiences of Palestinians in Israel, and of Palestinian children in particular.” The committee lauds the book’s contribution “both to the academic literature on children and childhood in the Middle East and to an engaged and activist politics of the present.”  

Please listen to AMECYS’ interview podcasts with these authors on their respective books here.

AMECYS would like to thank the esteemed members of the committee who graciously shared their time and expertise to make the first AMECYS book award a success. The committee consisted of: Leyla Neyzi (University of Glasgow), Nancy Stockdale (University of  North Texas), and Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University). 

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 books as well:

Sara Pursley, Familiar Futures

Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Forging the Ideal Educated Girl

 Neha Vora, Teach for Arabia

 Nadine Sika, Youth Activism and Contentious Politics in Egypt

 Naomi Sakr and Jeanette Steemers, Screen Media for Arab and European Children

Mark Thompson, Being Young, Male and Saudi

 Allon J. Uhlmann, Arabic instruction in Israel: Lessons in conflict, cognition and failure 

Jamal Elias, Alef is for Allah: Childhood, Emotion, Visual Culture in Islamic Societies

Janette Habashi, Political Socialization of Youth: A Palestine Case Study

Sincerely, 

Heidi Morrison (on behalf of the AMECYS board)

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.”

Sincerely,

Heidi Morrison (on behalf of the AMECYS board)

AMECYS Early Career Article Award

The Association for Middle East Children and Youth Studies invites nominations for the 2020 AMECYS Early Career Article Award

The AMECYS is a private, non-profit, international association for scholars with an interest in the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. Through interdisciplinary programs, publications, and services, AMECYS promotes innovative scholarship, facilitates global academic exchange, and enhances public understanding about Middle Eastern children and youth in diverse times and places.

The recently established AMECYS Early Career Article Award recognizes and promotes good scholarship of young researchers for their exceptional contribution to the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities.

Both self-nominations and nominations of others will be accepted. There is no limit on the number of titles submitted by the nominees, given they meet the following criteria:

  1. By September 2020, the recipient must be within six years of having earned the doctoral degree (i.e., must have received his/her degree in 2014 or later).
  2. The articles must be scholarly, non-fiction, based on original research and published in English.
  3. Articles must have been published in the last three years (date of 2017, 2018, 2019).
  4. The subject matter must deal with the study of children and youth – broadly defined – in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities.
  5. Works not eligible include multiple-author papers, proceedings of symposia, encyclopedic entries, bibliographies, dictionaries, textbooks, fiction, translated papers, and surveys.
  6. Nominations must be made by August 1, 2020 for articles to be eligible for thecompetition.

Nominations must include an up-to-date CV and a one-page summary of contributions written by the nominee. The summary of contributions would ideally address the following areas: (1) quality of research; (2) relevance / contributions of research to child and youth studies in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. All materials should be sent in one email to the committee chair Fruma Zachs (fzachs@research.haifa.ac.il). The articles and submitted materials will be reviewed by three scholars. Materials must be received by August 1, 2020.

The author of the AMECYS Early Career Article Award will receive $150 and a certificate of award. In the event of co-winners, prize money will be divided evenly among the winners. Honorable mentions also receive a certificate of award. Winners will be announced at the 54th MESA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The results will also be posted on the AMECYS and MESA website and in other publications as deemed appropriate by AMECYS.

*** No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.

Reviewers

1. Fruma Zachs (University of Haifa)
2. Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford)
3. Kathryn Libal (University of Connecticut)

AMECYS Early Career Article Award

2020 AMECYS Book Award (copyright date of 2017, 2018, 2019)

The Association for Middle East Children and Youth Studies

invites nominations for the 2020 AMECYS Book Award

The AMECYS is a private, non-profit, international association for scholars with an interest in the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. Through interdisciplinary programs, publications, and services, AMECYS promotes innovative scholarship, facilitates global academic exchange, and enhances public understanding about Middle Eastern children and youth in diverse times and places.

The AMECYS Book Award was established in 2019 to recognize an outstanding contribution on the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities.

Nominations for the award can be made by either the publisher or the author. There is no limit on the number of titles that authors or publishers may submit, given they meet the following criteria:

  1. Books must be non-fiction, scholarly monographs based on original research and published in English.
  2. Books must have been published in the last three years (copyright date of 2017, 2018, 2019).
  3. The authors of the books need to be AMECYS members in good standing.
  4. The subject matter must deal with the study of children and youth – broadly defined – in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities.
  5. Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, textbooks, fiction, translated books, and surveys.
  6. Nominations must be made by June 30, 2020 for books to be eligible for the competition.

The author of the AMECYS Award will receive $300 and a certificate of award. In the event of co-winners, prize money will be divided evenly among the winners. Honorable mentions also receive a certificate of award. Winners will be announced at the AMECYS Member Meeting at the 54th MESA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The results will also be posted on the AMECYS and MESA website and in other publications as deemed appropriate by AMECYS.

One hard copy of the nominated book should be mailed to each the three reviewers listed below, along with the address, phone number, and e-mail of the author. Acknowledgment of receipt will be made via e-mail.

*** No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.

Reviewers

1-Leyla Neyzi, Department of History, University of Glasgow, Leyla.neyzi@glasgow.ac.uk

Mail Address:

Leyla Neyzi

52 Airlie Street Flat 2/1

Glasgow G12 9SN

Lanarkshire, Scotland

United Kingdom

2-Shahram Khosravi, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, shahram.khosravi@socant.su.se

Mail address:

Shahram Khosravi

Department of Social Anthropology

Stockholm University

106 91 Stockholm

Sweden

3-Nancy Stockdale, Department of History, University of North Texas, nancy.stockdale@unt.edu

Mail address:

Nancy Stockdale

3520 Meadowtrail Lane

Denton, TX 76207 USA

AMECYS Call for Panels, Roundtables & Workshops at SHCY 2019

The Association of Middle East Children & Youth Studies (AMECYS) calls those engaged in the study of children and youth in the region to propose AMECYS-sponsored panels, roundtables and workshops at the Society for the History of Children & Youth’s (SHCY) biennial meeting in Sydney, Australia, June 26-28.

Proposals can be submitted in any capacity that aligns with AMECYS’ mission statement:

The AMECYS is a private, non-profit, international association for scholars with an interest in the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. Through interdisciplinary programs, publications, and services, AMECYS promotes innovative scholarship, facilitates global academic exchange, and enhances public understanding about Middle Eastern children and youth in diverse times and places. 

The AMECYS program chair and appointed committee will review all proposals submitted by members of AMECYS. AMECYS may offer feedback on the proposals, but sponsorship by AMECYS does not guarantee conference acceptance. See SHCY’s call for papers (posted below).

Collective proposals should include 1) title page with title of session, type of session (panel, roundtable, workshop. Etc.), participants’ names and roles in the session, affiliations and email addresses, 2) a 100- word session summary 3) 250 word abstracts for each individual paper presenter/contributor and 5) 1 page CV for each participant in one MS word document. Proposals should be sent to Dylan.baun@uah.edu by Wednesday May 23, 2018.

Selected proposals will be submitted by the proposal convener(s) in conjunction with the program chair by the external SHCY deadline of Wednesday May 30, to be reviewed by the SHCY program committee. If accepted, the panel will be read as AMECYS sponsored in the 2019 meeting program.

For queries, email AMECYS program chair at dylan.baun@uah.edu.

AMECYS_Digest #5

The project “Children’s screen content in an era of forced migration: facilitating Arab-European dialogue” (www.euroarabchildrensmedia.org) aims to engage non-academic stakekholders behind European production of children’s media content in thinking about the needs of young children recently arrived in Europe through forced migration, and their European-born peers who have seen them arrive.

The project is half-way through now. Profs. Naomi Sakr, Jeanette Steemers and Dr Christine Singer at Kings College London held two workshops with practitioners – Arab and European – in Manchester and Copenhagen. The report on the first workshop is now available at https://euroarabchildrensmedia.org/manchester-workshop-report/

A third workshop will be running in Munich on 24 May (poster attached Munich Programme_V1_28Mar). After that there will be a symposium in London on 14 September, under the title ‘Invisible Children: Public Service Media, Diversity and Forced Migration’, which will involve academics as well as practitioners and children’s media/diversity advocates.

The Munich workshop and the September conference are both free to attend. If you are interested in attending those events, please contact Prof. Naomi Sakr, University of Westminster,

Office tel: + 44 20 7911 5000 ext 68379

Personal tel: +44 20 8427 2253

Office email: N.Sakr01@westminster.ac.uk

Webpage: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/sakr-naomi

AMECYS Call for Papers: Graduate Student Paper Prize

AMECYS Call for Papers:

Graduate Student Paper Prize

Extended submissions deadline:  15 April 2018

The Association of Middle East Children’s and Youth Studies (AMECYS) calls graduate students engaged in the study of children and youth in the region to submit their papers to the AMECYS graduate student paper prize.  A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, November 15-18, 2018.

Papers can be submitted in any capacity that aligns with AMECYS’ mission statement:

The AMECYS is a private, non-profit, international association for scholars with an interest in the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. Through interdisciplinary programs, publications, and services, AMECYS promotes innovative scholarship, facilitates global academic exchange, and enhances public understanding about Middle Eastern children and youth in diverse times and places. 

Requirements for submission:

  • Papers should not exceed 7,500 (excluding bibliographies and endnotes)
  • The paper should never have been submitted for publication
  • The format needs to include: Standard font, Double-spaced, 1” margins, IJMES standards for endnotes and transliteration
  • Registered member of AMECYS
  • Proof of registered graduate student enrolment for the 2018-2019 academic year may be requested at a later date

Send submissions as a pdf or word doc to Dylan.baun@uah.edu and diana.p.hatchett@uky.edu .

The AMECYS graduate student representative, program chair and appointed committee will review all papers submitted by members of AMECYS that are received by the deadline of Sunday, April 15.

For queries, email AMECYS program chair at dylan.baun@uah.edu.

2nd AMECYS Member Meeting at WOCMES 2018

We are happy to inform you that the 2nd AMECYS Member Meeting will take place on the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Meeting in Sevilla in 16-22 July 2018). Our meeting is listed in the program and it will be on TUESDAY 17 July at 5pm – 7pm. The venue will be announced later.
 

The AMECYS Member Meeting is open to all members. If you are planning to attend WOCMES 2018, please let us know :  amecystudies@gmail.com or chiara.diana@ulb.ac.be

Looking forward to meeting you in Seville.