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Jackie Kirk Memorial Fund

The Jackie Kirk Memorial Fund is designed to memorialize the legacy that Jackie Kirk has left on the field of comparative and international education. Jackie Kirk’s work was prolific and varied, and committed to the active engagement of theory and practice, in ways that further the empowerment of women and girls, and the improvement of education in conflict and post-conflict settings. Her activism with teachers and youth, creative use of participatory visual research methodologies, commitment to gender equality and inclusion, and on-the-ground work with schools in conflict areas shaped her scholarship on issues as varied as gender violence, armed conflict, home-based schools, refugee youth, women teachers, identity and visual representation of women and girls, peace education and fragile states. Her work examined global contexts and also local realities. She was committed to encouraging integrated, holistic, systemic change in order to increase access and equality in education for everyone.

The book award that will be supported from this fund will acknowledge an outstanding book that is reflective of Jackie Kirk’s commitments. If you would like contribute to the Jackie Kirk Memorial Fund, please contact the CIES Office of the Executive Director (OED).

 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award

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. 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 contributed during the presidency of Gita Steiner-Khamsi.

The Jackie Kirk 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:

·       The book can relate to one (or more) of the following topical areas:

o   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.

o   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.

·       The book must be published within the past two calendar years, as noted by the copyright date. (For example, a book selected for recognition at the upcoming Annual Meeting of CIES would have been published in the current year or the year prior.) Books can be authored or edited (individually or collaboratively), and can be research-based, conceptual or theoretical in nature, or policy oriented.

·       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.”

·       The book author(s) or editor(s) should provide an executive summary of the book along with the contact information of the editor at the publication press (all information kindly submitted in one document). After the Kirk Award Sub-committee determines a shortlist, books from the authors/editors will be requested for full review. Books must be provided to the committee by the second week of December in the nomination year.

The recipient of the Jackie Kirk Award will be honored at the upcoming Annual Meeting of CIES and will receive a $1000 USD monetary award.

The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2017. Nominations, along with executive summaries, should be sent via e-mail to the Jackie Kirk Award Chair.  

Past Award Recipients

Michelle Bellino, 2017, Youth in Postwar Guatemala: Education and Civic Identity in Transition. Rutgers University Press.


Marc Sommers, 2016, The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa. University of Georgia Press.

Jenny Parks, 2015, Gender Violence in Poverty Contexts: The Education Challenge. Routledge

Dana Burde, 2014, Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan, Columbia University Press

Lesley Bartlett and Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, 2013, Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion. Routledge.

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

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

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

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