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Prize: Best dissertation, Middle East Medievalists, June 30, 2024

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Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is pleased to announce the 2024 iteration of its biennial prize for the best dissertation on the medieval Middle East (roughly 500–1500 CE). In an effort to recognize excellent doctoral research in the field, MEM will award this prize at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), to be held virtually in November 2024.
Requirements for submission:
  1. Dissertations must have been filed and defended between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2024.
  2. Applicants must be current members of Middle East Medievalists. To join MEM or renew your membership, please use the membership form.
Submission instructions:
  1. Please send a PDF of the dissertation to Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg at[email protected].
  2. No external nominations or letters of support are required.
  3. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2024.
About MEM: Middle East Medievalists is an international professional non-profit association of scholars interested in the study of the medieval Middle East, defined expansively to include all geographies with prominent Muslim political, religious, or social presences, at some point between the rough parameters of 500–1500 CE. As part of its effort to promote scholarship and facilitate communication among its members, MEM publishes a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Al-‘Usur al-Wusta.
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Prize: Nominations for the Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law, AALS, November 30, 2023

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The Section on Comparative Law invites Nominations for the Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law to recognize scholarly excellence in any subject of comparative law by an untenured scholar at an AALS Member School.

The Prize will be given to the author(s) of a scholarly article judged to have made an important contribution in the field of comparative law. This article must have been published in an academic journal between July 2022 and November 2023. The Prize was awarded for the first time at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting. All untenured scholars-including but not limited to tenure-track professors, visiting assistant professors, lecturers, academic fellows, doctoral candidates-are eligible.

Nominations for the 2023 Tushnet Prize should be sent by email to Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias, [email protected], Professor Timothy Webster, [email protected]; Professor Anna Conley, [email protected], and Professor Jonathan Hafted, [email protected]  no later than November 30, 2023. Nominations should include the full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for the nominated scholar, as well as a citation for the article. A PDF version of the published article would also be appreciated. Self-nominations are welcomed.

About Mark Tushnet 

Mark Tushnet, a former president of the Association of American Law Schools, is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, Tushnet is an authoritative voice in constitutional law and theory. His scholarship spans all areas of public law, including comparative constitutional law, a field in which he has co-authored a leading casebook. A respected teacher, a devoted mentor, and an influential scholar, he retired from the Harvard faculty in June 2020.

For all questions, please contact Professor Elizabeth Iglesias [[email protected]], Chair of the AALS Section on Comparative Law. And in the meantime, have a restful and productive summer!