The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) is awarded to outstanding publications in the field of Asian Studies and has always been organised around broad interdisciplinary bases (social sciences and humanities) rather than traditional geographic or disciplinary compartmentalisations. It has grown from an experiment with 50 books and 5 dissertations in 2005, to the leading Book Prize in the field of Asian Studies, with almost 700 books, more than 170 dissertations and 98 articles in 2021. To reflect ICAS’s decentring approach, the IBP honours publications in different languages.
Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2022
You can start submitting your book or dissertation after registering and logging on to this website. After submitting the book titles you shall receive further instructions for sending hard copies at the email address you used to register for this website. Please read the Rules and Regulations below first before you start the submission process.
Submissions for other languages and the Hong Kong Studies Article Prize are in the preparatory stage and will open later this month.
The IBP 2023 English Language Edition
The ICAS Book Prize is administered by the ICAS Secretariat. The ICAS Secretary, Martina van den Haak, will act as General Secretary of all IBP Language Editions. Acting Secretary is Wai Cheung (email@example.com).
The IBP Reading Committees will adhere to a jointly agreed upon set of principles in their decision making process. The final decision of the Reading Committees is indisputable and irrevocable.
The Secretary of the IBP 2023 English Language Edition is Wai Cheung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Official Sponsor of the IBP English Language Edition is The Asian Library at Leiden University, the Netherlands. The Asian collections housed at Leiden University include the largest collection on Indonesia worldwide and some of the foremost collections on South and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea. Leiden University is a major international knowledge hub on Asia. Scholars and students from all over the world come to Leiden to participate in top research and teaching programs on Asia. The Asian Library is a central focal point for study, research and encounters between those with a profound interest in Asia and its position in the world.
IBP 2023 English Language Edition - Rules and Regulations
- Books and Dissertations can be submitted online for the IBP 2023 between June and 1 December 2022.
- Eligible titles are Asia-related academic publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Publications must be written in English.
- Publications and dissertations must have first been published/defended after 1 November 2020, and not have been submitted to the previous IBP.
- New editions, reference works, anthologies, fiction, poetry, travel books, autobiographies, memoirs, pamphlets, textbooks and exhibition catalogues are not eligible.
- Books must be submitted online by publishers (academic presses or commercial publishers).
- Upon entering the book titles online, submitters will be instructed where to send the hardcopies of books (3 hardcopies and an e-copy in the first phase of the judging process. And 3 more hardcopies if longlisted). No books shall be returned (if, for example, they prove to be ineligible).
- Dissertations must be submitted online by authors or promotors. Dissertations are submitted digitally only, not in hardcopy.
IBP and ICAS
Starting with this edition, IBP and ICAS will be organised in alternating years. While in the previous editions winners were often only able to attend ICAS for the Award Ceremony without being able to participate more actively in the conference. So, with this new structure we highly encourage the prize winners to present their work in one of the panels or organise their own panel for the next ICAS meeting.
The official Award Ceremony in which the winners will be announced will take place online in September 2023.
The long- and shortlists will be shared directly with the relevant authors and publishers, they will be published in The Newsletter (produced by IIAS: www.iias.asia/the-newsletter), and distributed through other Asian Studies platforms. The IBP English Language Edition features two main Awards for Books:
- Best Book in the Humanities
- Best Book in the Social Sciences
The Prizes for ‘Best Book’ each consist of €2,500 (in the case of a multi-authored work the prize will be shared equally). Of this €2,500, half is awarded as prize money and the other half in the form of a travel grant to the next ICAS meeting.
In addition to the main Book Awards, the Reading Committee can grant special Accolades in the following categories: (1) Publisher’s Accolade for Outstanding Production Value; (2) Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade; (3) Specialist Publication Accolade; (4) Teaching Tool Accolade; (5) Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade; (6) Edited Volume Accolade; (7) Best Art Book Accolade. (These categories are subject to change).
The Awards for the ‘Best Dissertation in the Humanities’ and the ‘Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences’ consist of €1,250 each.
In addition to the main Dissertation Awards, the Reading Committee can grant special Accolades in the following categories: (1) Chairman’s Accolade; (2) Specialist Publication Accolade; (3) Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade; (4) Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade. (These categories are subject to change).
Martina van den Haak (IBP General Secretary)
Wai Cheung (IBP English Language Edition Secretary)
The ICAS Book Prize 2023 - English Edition is now accepting submissions
You can only submit your book or dissertation after registering and logging on to this website.
Please first read the Rules & Regulations on the webpage before you start the submission process.
Dissertations can be uploaded during the submission process.
Please do not send us any books before submitting the titles online. After submitting the titles you shall receive further instructions for sending hard copies at the email address you used to register and log in on to this website.