Announcement - The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture. Deadline November 15

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Dear HIAA members,


Please see below for details of upcoming awards, both with deadlines of November 15, 2020.


The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture
Deadline: November 15, 2020

Every year the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) sponsors a competition and awards the Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished essay written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation graduate student to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. This competition is open to HIAA members only. The Ševčenko Prize recipient receives an award of $500 and a citation, generally presented at HIAA’s annual business meeting. The Prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long-serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. The winning essay will be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.

Submissions must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). Papers should not exceed 10,000 words in length (including footnotes) and can be accompanied by up to 15 low-res illustrations.

Please note that submissions cannot be in press or under review with any publisher.

A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.

All materials should be submitted by email to the Ševčenko committee chair, Hala Auji ( by November 15, 2020. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transferred by FTP.

For further details, please visit:ševčenko-prize-in-islamic-art-and-culture


Fatima Quraishi

Secretary, Historians of Islamic Art Association


Asst. Prof., Dept of Art History, University of California, Riverside