The Africa-Asia ICAS Book Prize (AAIBP) was established by the ICAS Secretariat and A-Asia in 2013. The aim is to create by way of a global competition both an international focus for publications on Africa-Asia while at the same time increasing their visibility worldwide.
Current Edition: The AAIBP 2018
Eligible titles are academic publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences, written by an African scholar on an Asia-related topic or by any author on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages.
We invite proposals for (institutional) panels, roundtables, exhibitions, documentaries, papers, (MA and PhD) dissertations and book presentations in the newly conceptualized field of ‘Asian-African studies’.
Deadline: Proposals should be in English or French. They should be submitted online by 1 February 2018.
As representatives or heads of international academic organizations or academic programs, we view with deep concern the recent news that the Royal Thai Police may be about to charge Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti from Chiang Mai University along with four others Chaipong Samnieng, Ph.D.
In 2019, ICAS will return to Europe, to where it began: Leiden, the Netherlands. The historic city of Leiden is home to one of the oldest universities and several of the most renowned Asia research centres.
Leiden University will be the main host of ICAS 11, thereby partnering with the city, research institutions and museums, who share equally rich Asian and global connections.
The conference, through panels and roundtables, seeks to assess the prospects for Asian Studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such an enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa and African Studies in Asia? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of 'Area studies', as it has been developed mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What are the historical origins of this transregional connection? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages?