October 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Aya Kimura (University of Hawaii at Manoa), who has received the 2019 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies in Science for Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination (Duke University Press, 2016). In its citation commending Kimura’s work, the Carson Prize Committee wrote: “In addition to its thorough portrait of the ground-level realities post Fukushima, what is particularly inspiring about this work is the care with which the author reflects upon the challenges of research from a distance and the debts one pays to their informants and interlocutors.”


Congratulations also to the AAS Members who have been recognized for their work by the American Historical Association with the following prizes:

Nicole E. Barnes (Duke University): Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for women’s history and/or feminist theory, for Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937–1945

Mary Elizabeth Berry (University of California, Berkeley): Award for Scholarly Distinction to senior historians for lifetime achievement

Bettine Birge (University of Southern California): J. Franklin Jameson Award for the outstanding achievement in the editing of historical primary sources, for Marriage and the Law in the Age of Khubilai Khan: Cases from the Yuan dianzhang

Evelyn S. Rawski (University of Pittsburgh): Award for Scholarly Distinction to senior historians for lifetime achievement


The Call for Proposals for AAS-in-Asia 2020, which will be held in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong on June 22-24, is now open. Only organized panels and roundtables may be submitted for this conference—no individual papers will be considered. The deadline for submission of all proposals and travel subsidy requests is Thursday, October 31 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.


Nominate yourself or a colleague for the 2020 Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award for Excellence in Japanese Language Teaching. This annual prize honors an outstanding graduate student or instructor teaching Japanese at the college level and carries with it a $1,000 award. All nomination materials are due to Selection Committee Chair Priya Ananth by January 31, 2020.


All nominations for the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for curricular materials must be submitted by the November 1 deadline.


Please take the time to vote in the Fall 2019 AAS elections before the voting deadline of November 5. The list of candidates is available at #AsiaNow; all current AAS members should have received an email with their voting credentials and a link to the electronic ballot. If you encounter any difficulties in accessing the ballot, please contact Membership Manager Doreen Ilozor for assistance.


Register now for #AAS2020 in Boston—all session participants must register by Tuesday, November 12 to ensure their names appear in the print program. We are once again pleased to offer a reduced GREEN registration rate; conference participants who select the “go-green” option save $10 on registration and do not receive a print program.

Housing for #AAS2020 is also now open, with special conference rates available for conference attendees at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Do not wait to make your hotel reservation—our block WILL sell out well in advance of the conference!

We invite filmmakers to submit their work for screening at the AAS 2020 Film Expo, which will be held in conjunction with the March 19-22 conference. Film Expo applications may be submitted online and are due by November 15, 2019.

Regional Conferences

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.

We welcome submissions for the AAS Member News & Notes column, so please forward material for consideration to mcunningham@asianstudies.org. Please note that we do not publish book announcements in this space; new books by AAS Members will be announced on the association’s Twitter feed (@AASAsianStudies) and Facebook page (@AASAsianStudies).