Call for Submissions: SERMEISS Article or Chapter Prize for 2020

Established in 1977, the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) is a professional society for specialist and non-specialist educators whose professional activities engage the Middle East or Islam. The organization was founded to provide scholars in the southeastern United States with an opportunity to meet regularly with colleagues to share research findings and teaching concerns. SERMEISS is an affiliated organization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). 

SERMEISS is pleased to announce its second annual academic article or book chapter prize for 2020 to recognize outstanding scholarship in Middle Eastern or Islamic studies published as a peer-reviewed article or edited volume book chapter from any academic discipline in the social sciences or humanities from any time period).  The submission should be peer-reviewed nonfiction, published in English, and exhibit original empirical and theoretical contributions. For the 2020 prize, submissions must have a copyright date within the previous two years (2019 or 2018).  SERMEISS will also give an honorable mention award.

Submissions will be accepted from scholars based at a university within the SERMEISS 10-state region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Recipients will be required to attend and provide a brief presentation of their publications at a future SERMEISS meeting. The society’s annual meeting occurs in October in Valle Crucis, North Carolina and we have a biennial spring meeting. 

Recipients of the SERMEISS prize will receive a $100 honorarium and certificate at their presentation. Recipients also receive a conference registration fee waiver.

Submissions should include:

  1. A cover letter including the following information:
  • Author name
  • University of affiliation
  • Publication Title
  • Journal Name
  • Year of Publication
  • Citation information
  • Contact name, phone, email
  1. A copy of the publication in pdf format.

SERMEISS will only accept one submission per author.

E-mail submissions to the SERMEISS executive director at by March 1, 2020:

Calvin H. Allen, Jr., PhD

Executive Director-SERMEISS

208 Henkel Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA 22601