August 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the many AAS Members who received recognition for their work by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) during the prize ceremony at its biennial conference, held in Leiden, the Netherlands last month:

Jeffrey W. Alexander (Pueblo Community College): Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade (Social Sciences), for Drinking Bomb & Shooting Meth: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan.

David R. Ambaras (North Carolina State University): Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize (Humanities), for Japan’s Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire.

Petya Andreeva (Parsons School of Design): Specialist Accolade, Dissertations in the Humanities, for Fantastic Beasts of the Eurasian Steppes: Toward a Revisionist Approach to Animal-style Art.

Paul D. Barclay (Lafayette College): Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize (Social Sciences), for Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s ‘Savage Border’, 1874-1945.

Shelly Chan (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize (Humanities), for Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration.

Howard Chiang (University of California, Davis): Winner, ICAS Book Prize (Humanities), for After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China.

Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University): Teaching Tool Accolade (Social Sciences), for Smartland Korea: Mobile Communication, Culture, and Society.

Cindy Ewing (University of Toronto): Shortlist, Dissertation in the Humanities, for The Asian Unity Project: Human Rights, Third World Solidarity, and the United Nations, 1945-1955.

Michael Facius (University College London), Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize—German Language Edition, for China übersetzen. Globalisierung und chinesisches Wissen in Japan im 19. Jahrhundert.

Wai Siam Hee (Nanyang Technological University): Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize—Chinese Language Edition, for Post-Malaysian Chinese-Language Film: Accented Style, Sinophone and Auteur Theory 《华语文学在后马来西亚:土腔风格,华夷风与作者论》

John L. Hennessey (Uppsala University): Shortlist, Dissertation in the Humanities, for Rule by Association: Japan in the Global Trans-Imperial Culture, 1868-1912.

Ward Keeler (University of Texas at Austin): Ground-Breaking Subject Matter Accolade (Social Sciences), for The Traffic in Hierarchy: Masculinity and Its Others in Buddhist Burma.

Dorothy Ko (Barnard College): Publishers Accolade for Outstanding Production Value (Humanities), for The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China.

Ethan Mark (Leiden University): Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize (Humanities), for Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War: A Transnational History.

Ed Pulford (Hokkaido University): Chairman’s Accolade, Dissertations in the Social Sciences, for On Northeast Asian Frontiers of History and Friendship.

Susan Whitfield (British Library): Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade (Humanities), for Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road.

Faizah Binte Zakaria (Nanyang Technological University): Shortlist, Dissertation in the Humanities and Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade, Dissertation in the Humanities, for Sacral Ecologies of the North Sumatran Highlands: An Environmental History of Conversions, 1800-1928.


Congratulations also to the five AAS Members who have been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities to carry out research and translation projects:

Paul Kadetz (Drew University), “Tracing the Historical and Cultural Trajectories of Antimicrobial Resistance in China (1920 to the Present).”

David Ambaras (North Carolina State University) and Kate McDonald (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Using Scalar to Deep-Map Modern East Asian History.”

Jessica Birkenholtz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “The Secret Vow to the Goddess: A Translation of Nepal’s Svasthanivratakatha, A Premodern Tradition in the 21st Century.”

Thibaut d’Hubert (University of Chicago), “A Bengali Sufi Romance from Premodern Myanmar: Alaol’s Sayphulmuluk and Badiujjamal.”


While the deadlines for submission to many of the 2020 AAS Book Prize competitions have passed, two are still accepting entries: the A.K. Ramanujan Prize for translations from South Asian languages into English (deadline October 1) and the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for curricular materials (deadline November 1).


The AAS Northeast Asia Council invites applications to its Japan Studies and Korean Studies grant competitions. Both have a firm deadline of 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 1. Grants are available for a range of projects, including short-term research travel and the organization of small conferences and workshops.


All AAS Members can now read the August 2019 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies online at Cambridge Core. To access the JAS, please first log in to your member account at the AAS website, then select “Access the Journal of Asian Studies” in the “Account Actions” menu on the right side of your User Account page. This issue of the JAS offers a number of articles examining topics at the intersection of Asian studies and another field of study, as well as more than three dozen book reviews and essays.


The Southeast Conference of the AAS will hold its 2020 annual conference, hosted by New College of Florida from January 17 to 19 and is now accepting paper and panel proposals. The CFP deadline is October 31.

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast has opened the call for proposals for its June 2020 conference at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, which will feature the theme “Asia: Our Global Future.” The early submission deadline (intended primarily for international travelers who will require a letter of invitation) is December 31, 2019; the regular submission deadline is February 29, 2020.

Deceased Asianists

R.G. “Gary” Tiedemann (1941–2019), historian of China and professor at SOAS, University of London. Read a memorial essay by his son, Martin, at Gary Tiedemann’s personal website.

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