Call for Nominations: 2020 Lebanese Studies Association Book Award

Ziad Abu-Rish's picture
November 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Middle East History / Studies, Anthropology, Literature, Political Science, Geography

The Lebanese Studies Association (LSA) Book Award was established to recognize outstanding academic publishing in any discipline and on any historical or contemporary dynamic related to the territories, populations, and/or diasporas of present-day Lebanon, broadly construed. The award is made every two years, the inaugural prize for which will be awarded this cycle.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019. Works translated from other languages into English will be considered, but will be judged by the same rigorous standards as those for works originally in English.
  2. Subject matter can be on any aspect of the territories, populations (including diasporic), society, and cultures of present-day Lebanon from ancient times to the present, and as addressed by the disciplines of history, anthropology, sociology, political science, literature, art, science, any other discipline, and inter-disciplinary approaches. Yet the purview of the work should be clearly that of a scholar of Lebanon. The work should demonstrate substantive understanding of the political, social, and/or cultural experiences of those who live(d) in or trace their origins to the territories of present-day Lebanon.
  3. Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, and textbooks.

Nomination Procedures

  1. Deadline for nominations for the 2020 inaugural prize is November 1, 2020.
  2. Nominations for the LSA Book Award can be made by either the publisher or the author. The author does not need to be a current or former member of the LSA.
  3. Nominations should be sent to and include the following information:
    • Complete Bibliographic Information of Book
    • Full Author Name and Valid Email Address
    • Full Contact Details for Point Person at Publisher
    • Cover Letter (maximum of 1 page) summarizing the empirical, theoretical, and/or methodological contributions of the book to the field of Lebanon studies.
  4. Publishers should be prepared to make available at least one hard copy upon request by the prize committee, with the expectation that each of the five prize committee members should also be given access to an electronic copy of the book.

The author of the winning book will receive $500 and a certificate of award. Winners will be announced by the LSA.