ICAS Book Prize 2017 - Rules and Regulations - French-language edition

The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in 2004. It aims to create an international focus for academic publications on Asia, thus increasing their worldwide visibility. So far, only English-language books have been eligible, but in 2017 the biennial IBP will for the first time also award outstanding works on Asia in the Humanities and Social Sciences, in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Korean. 


  • The French network for Asian Studies (GIS Asie) administers the French-language edition of the IBP. It is responsible for the formation of a Reading Committee. It will, in the spirit of ICAS, ideally consist of representatives from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Pr. Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS) will act as Secretary of the Reading Committee. 
  • The Reading Committee will adhere to a jointly agreed upon set of principles in its decision making process. The decision of the Reading Committee is indisputable and irrevocable.
  • The Award Ceremony of the IBP 2017 will be held during the Opening Ceremony of ICAS 10 in Chiang Mai (Thailand) on 20 July 2017.
  • Authors on the IBP French-language edition shortlist are strongly encouraged to attend the ICAS 10 Awards Ceremony.
  • The long and shortlists will be published in the GIS Asie newsletter, The Newsletter (IIAS periodical) and online via  other Asian Studies platforms.
  • For more information please contact: communication@gis-reseau-asie.org

Reading Committee

The Reading Committee for the French-language edition will be composed of an international group of renowned Asia specialists (four members and a Secretary). The committee will initially be split into two groups; one for the humanities, one for the social sciences. 


The French-language edition of the IBP consists of two awards: (1) best study in the Humanities; (2) best study in the Social Sciences. The Prizes each consist of 2500€. In the case of a multi-authored work the prize will be shared equally.

Submission of books

  • Publications on Asia in the field of the Humanities and Social Sciences that are published between August 2014 and October 2016 are eligible.
  • Nominations for these should be submitted by publishers (not by authors).
  • Publishers should first, before shipping the books, submit the details of nominated books to the IBP online database. After the electronic submission has been received and verified, instructions for sending the hard copies will be sent to the publisher by e-mail.
  • In total six copies of of the nominated book have to be sent before 15 December 2016  to the Secretary of the French-language IBP, the four members of the Reading Committee, and to the ICAS Secretariat in Leiden. Do note that submitted books will not be returned.
  • Reference works, anthologies, fiction, poetry, travel books, autobiographies, memoirs, pamphlets, textbooks and exhibition catalogues are not eligible.

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Current edition: IBP 2019

The ICAS Book Prize 2019 is now accepting submissions.

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