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Thesis Prize

The Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies awards two prizes for the best BA and MA thesis in the field of Middle Eastern studies. This year, members of the BA jury are prof.dr. Uğur Üngör, dr. Paul Aarts and Sakina Loukili, MA. Members of the MA jury are dr. Farid Boussaid, Amir Taha, MA and Marthe de Roos, Msc. The deadline for submission was 17 October 2021. The prize consists of €150 (BA) and €250 (MA) in book vouchers.

ACMES Thesis Prize 2021

The winners and nominees for the ACMES Thesis Prize 2021 are:

Bachelor

Winner:

  • Renske Hollants. “Male perception of CEDAW implementation: Palestinian civilian aversion in the settler colonial context. A virtual ethnographic approach to the Facebook page Al-ḥirāk al-jamāhīrī li-isqāṭ CEDAW”

Nominees:

  • Hana Elramly. “The Effects of Cultural Imperialism on the Representation of Taboo Subjects Among North African Youth”
  • Annemarie van der Grift. “Code-switching tussen Egyptisch en Engels door Egyptische Youtubers”

Master

Winner:

  • Asma Balfaqih. “Power in Settler-Colonial Terms: Tracing the Constructed Legal Frontiers of Palestinian Identity in Israel”

Nominees:

  • Kerttu Åvall. “A special touch in the Arab world when it comes to women. Postcolonial logics in EU gender equality discourses on Lebanon”
  • Eleri Connick. “Blurring the Distance. A Study of Revealed Emotions of the British Libyan Diaspora”

ACMES Thesis Prize 2020

In 2020, our winners were:

Rosie Rensink
Rowie Rensink, winner of the BA Thesis Prize
Marthe de Roos
Marthe de Roos, winner of the MA Thesis Prize

Bachelor

Winner:

  • Rowie Rensink, “Twee is Genoeg”. Een kritisch onderzoek naar ontwikkelingsdiscoursen in de Egyptische gezinsplanningscampagne ‘2 Kefaya’ en de Nationale Bevolkingsstrategie. Over imperialisme, geïnternaliseerd oriëntalisme en moderniteit

Nominees:

  • Emma du Chatignier, The Religious Ideology and Political Practice of Neturei Karta
  • Thirza Snoek, Soefisme in de poëzie van Salah ʿAbd al-Sabur

Master

Winner:

  • Marthe de Roos, Making a home in Palestine. Revealing the true colours of the Israeli ID card system

Nominees:

  • Daan Dijk, Kingship and the Rule of Law in the Third Hebrew Commonwealth
  • Yentl de Lange, Understanding the determinants of migration. A case study of Libyan Tuareg
  • Anouck de Wringer, Trauma as a Life-World. Lived Experiences of Space, Time and the Body in "The Queue" and "Otared"
  • ACMES Thesis Prize 2019

    In 2019, our winners were:

    Lisa Schouten (BA Arabic Language and Culture): Van Madīnat al-Salām naar mainstream: een onderzoek naar de emancipatoire boodschap van Mahragānāt. Een case-study van het oeuvre van al-Sādāt al-ʿĀlamī

    Verena Hoeke (MA Islam in the Modern World): The contribution of Sunni Islamic scholars and Muslim medical scholars to the discussion on transgender sex reassignment surgery in Islamic bioethics

  • ACMES Thesis Prize 2018

    2018 ACMES Thesis Prize winners:

    In 2018, our winners were:

    Veerle Veerbeek (BA): The European Union’s terrorist list and the complex case of Hezbollah

    Sakina Loukili (MA): This is not Islam' American, British and Dutch Muslims denouncing violent extremism through hashtag activism