Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As you know, Rhonda Saad – a dear friend, invaluable colleague, gifted scholar, and all around irrepressible force in the young field of modern and contemporary Arab art studies – recently lost her life in an accident while on holiday in Istanbul. She is deeply missed. Not only has Rhonda’s premature death robbed her family and friends of her spirit and humor, but it has also robbed the academic community of her groundbreaking research on Palestinian art. Her dissertation would have analyzed the socio-political dynamics that governed this art’s production and reception in relation to the multiple, trans-national settings that constituted modern Palestine.
With the intent of keeping Rhonda’s legacy alive in some small way, AMCA will establish a “Rhonda Saad Prize for the Best Graduate Paper in Modern Arab Art.” This Prize will be awarded annually to the best academic paper written by a young scholar (defined as pre- dissertation) on any aspect of modern Arab art. We hope that such a prize – in encouraging other emerging scholars in their contributions to the field and providing material support to those endeavors – will prove a fitting tribute to Rhonda’s life and work. We also hope that you, our members and friends, will join us in contributing whatever you are able to this new memorial fund. You may donate via Paypal. Please follow this link:
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We will make the first award at the Middle East Studies Annual Conference in 2011.