Call for Nominations: Jackie Kirk Award for Outstanding Book

The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) recognizes an outstanding book annually with the Jackie Kirk Award. This award was created in 2010 to honor the prolific professional life and deep commitment of Jackie Kirk to our field and to CIES. This award annually honors a published book that reflects one or some of the varied areas of expertise represented in Jackie Kirk’s areas of commitment, primarily gender and education and/or education in conflict (fragile states, post-conflict, peace education). Jackie Kirk was also committed to work on identity (particularly of girls and teachers), globalization as a context for local practice and visual participatory research methodologies. Furthermore, Jackie Kirk was professionally committed to encouraging dynamic and equitable collaboration between academics and practitioners, the global South and the global North, and comparative/ international educators and teachers on the ground. While the award will be granted primarily on the basis of the two main areas of commitment (gender and/or conflict), these additional areas of commitment will be used as a secondary set of criteria so that the award reflects the spirit of Jackie Kirk’s legacy.

The Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award will be awarded annually, as follows:

  1. The book can relate to one (or more) of the following topical areas:
    1. Gender and Education. Books in this area would deepen the field’s understanding of gender dynamics or relations in education in ways that challenge education to understand gender in a more nuanced way, one that can help educators to acknowledge the full humanity of all students and teachers, and to work toward social justice in education.
    2. Education in Conflict, Post-Conflict, Fragile States, and/or Peace Education. Work in this area would reveal the realities of the challenges of education in demanding contexts, and/or the work that people are doing despite the challenges.
  2. The book must be published within the past two calendar years, as noted by the copyright date. (For example, a book selected for the 2014 award would be published in 2012 or 2013.) Books can be authored or edited (individually or collaboratively), and can be research-based, conceptual or theoretical in nature, or policy oriented.
  3. Books are to be nominated by CIES members, but can be written/edited by non-CIES members. Nominations should include how the book relates to the areas outlined above, and what makes the book worthy of a designation of “outstanding.” Nominations are due by October 15.
  4. The book author(s) or editor(s) should provide an executive summary of the book by October 20th of each year. The committee will determine a short list by early November, and request books from the authors/editors for a full review. Books must be provided to the committee by the authors/editors by December 1.
  5. Decisions will be made by the committee by February 1, or at least four weeks prior to the next CIES meeting, whichever is sooner
  6. The award /includes a monetary award. Awardees are encouraged to attend the CIES meeting in the year they receive the award.

Nominations for 2014 should be forwarded to Mario Novelli, Chair of the Committee 2013-2014, at by October 15, 2013.

The award is made possible by a generous donation by Andrew Kirk, the husband of Jackie Kirk, and by the International Rescue Committee, with matching funds from CIES during the presidency of Gita Steiner- Khamsi.

Past Award Recipients:

2013 Erin Murphy Graham, 2012, Opening Minds, Improving Lives: Education and Women’s Empowerment in Honduras. Vanderbilt University Press

2012 Monisha Bajaj, 2011, Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India. New York: Continuum.

2011 Claire McGlynn, Michalinos Zembylas, Zvi Bekerman & Tony Gallagher (eds.), 2009. Peace Education in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

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