ICAS Book Prize awarded at the Asian Studies conference in Kyoto, Japan
The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) is one of the most prestigious book awards in the field of Asian Studies. The prizes were awarded in Kyoto, Japan at the 2021 International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). As the proud sponsor of the ICAS Book Prize, Leiden University Libraries/Asian Library congratulate the winning authors and the authors whose books were shortlisted. The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) is one of the most prestigious book awards in the field of Asian Studies. The prizes were awarded in Kyoto, Japan at the 2021 International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). These are the winners:
ICAS Book Prize 2021 Humanities
AUTHOR: Stephanie Coo
TITLE: Clothing the Colony. Nineteenth Century Philippine Satirical Culture, 1820-1896
PUBLISHER: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2019
Stephanie Coo’s Clothing the Colony is a beautiful book that studies the role of clothing in the relationship between the Spanish colonizers and the Philippine colonized. It is a comprehensive study that includes all agents and aspects in this process, including children, workers, traders, race, class, gender, religion, economy. It is, most of all, a sociocultural history of clothing in the 19th century but it is also a history of the Philippines and of colonial life. Coo skilfully manages to explain how and why Clothing the Colony in the Philippines was different from other colonial experiences, including Indian and Chinese clothing culture and trade. She locates the broad themes she covers in theoretical reflections, including that of “clothing as a social skin”, and thereby provides insights that by far transcend the Philippine experience and the 19th century.
The shortlist and accolades are available at IBP 2021 English Language Edition - Humanities | IIAS.
ICAS Book Prize 2021 English Edition – Social Sciences
AUTHOR: Deborah Nadal
TITLE: Rabies in the Streets: Interspecies Camaraderie in Urban India
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press, 2020
This powerful book is the result of participative, multispecies, and multisited ethnography. Following cows, vaccinating dogs, interviewing slum children, Nadal presents heart-breaking stories and a compelling study of a zoonotic disease. This eye-opening book on the implications of rabies, its financial and human costs, and the social and cultural reasons that make it a deadly and neglected disease, is particularly illuminating at a time when humanity is grappling with the Covid pandemic and inoculation campaigns. Through an excellent anthropology of zoonosis from an interspecies perspective, Nadal argues for a One World One Health concept that centres the entanglement of human, nonhuman, animals and environment as co-participants for fostering mutual well-being.
The shortlist and accolades are available at IBP 2021 English Language Edition - Social Sciences | IIAS.