Call for Submission: Syrian Studies Association Prizes for Outstanding Book and Article on Syria

Publish Date: Jun 15, 2015

Deadline: Jul 15, 2015

In order to promote and highlight excellence in research, the Syrian Studies Association awards annual prizes for the best writing on Bilad al-Sham until 1918 and on Syria in the period following.

In 2015, the SSA seeks submissions for the most outstanding book published between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2015, and the most outstanding article or book chapter published between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

In order to be considered for the prize, candidates must join the association. Information about the Syrian Studies Association is available at the following website:

Submissions in languages other than English are welcomed.

Articles should be sent electronically. Books can be sent either electronically or in hard copy.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2015. All submissions should be sent to Charles Wilkins, Chair of the Prize Committee, at the following address: Winners will be announced at the SSA annual meeting in November 2015. Inquiries can be directed to Charles.


1. The Syrian Studies Assocation (SSA) Newsletter appears twice a year, and contains articles, association news, research notes, and book reviews related to Syria. Contribution deadlines for feature, news, and research article proposals covering issues of contemporary or historic interest in Bilad al-Sham and modern Syria are listed on the News page.

2. To stay informed about SSA announcements and events, 'like' the SSA's Facebook Site.

3. The SSA has held the following events at the 2014 MESA meeting:

  • Executive Board Meeting (Sat, 11/22, 1-2:00pm, Park Tower, Suite 8224 (L)):
    Meeting for current members of the SSA Executive Board.
  • Business Meeting (Saturday, 11/22, 2:30-3:30, Virginia B (L)):
    Meeting open to all general and prospective members of the SSA.
    Agenda: SSA Election results, Treasury report, new business.
    The officers will announch winners of the 2014 article and dissertation prizes, as well as welcome Geoffrey Shad, Melanie Tanielian, and Charles Wilkins to the board.
  • SSA Panel Discussion (Saturday, 11/22, 3:30-5pm, Virginia B (L)):
    An event organised by the SSA and open to all conference attendees.
    This year the discussion is entitled New Perspectives on the Syrian Conflict and includes contributions from Adrienne L. Fricke, Salam Al Kuntar, Harout Ekmanian, and Sharon Smith.

For further information about this panel discussion, see the News page.

The SSA is:

an international association organized to encourage and promote research and scholarly understanding of Syria in all periods and in all academic disciplines. The SSA is a non-profit, non-political association affiliated with MESA (The Middle East Studies Association of North America).

Our goals are to:

  • promote the highest standards of scholarship and instruction
  • facilitate communication among our members
  • encourage dialogue between Middle Eastern, Western and all scholars of the Middle East

To accomplish our goals, we

  • award several prizes for the best written work on Syria
  • publish a newsletter about the latest developments and writing in our field
  • invite one or more Syrian scholars to MESA each year
  • sponsor academic panels at scholarly conferences
  • provide information about how to study Arabic in Syria

Who should join?

The SSA defines Syria as the area included in historic Bilad al-Sham until 1918 and Syria following that. We invite scholars who study the peoples and territories of what is today Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine before 1918 and those who study Syria after that date to join the SSA.

You can view the SSA Constitution here.

Institutional Support

  • The Syria Report: The Syria Report is the leading source of economic and business information on Syria. Edited by Jihad Yazigi.

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