The Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize will honor a distinguished work of scholarship in South Asian Studies that promises to define or redefine the understanding of whole subject areas.
The committee particularly seeks nominations of broad scholarly works with innovative approaches that may concern any topic in any discipline or may cross disciplinary lines. The prize recognizes a distinguished scholarly monograph beyond the author or authors' first monograph or published research project. Nominations for the book prize may be made by authors, publishers, or other interested members in the field.
To be eligible, nominated books must be original, scholarly, nonfiction works with a 2011 copyright date, and must be the first publication of this text in English anywhere in the world. Nominated books should be accompanied by a list of the authors' prior publications. The book's subject matter must deal with South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh). Works are not eligible if they are reference works, exhibition catalogs, textbooks, essay collections, poetry, fiction, memoirs, or autobiographies. Translations will be eligible only if they include a substantial introduction, annotation, or critical apparatus. Co-authored books are eligible; edited volumes of essays are not. Presses may nominate up to six titles for the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize.
Nominators must send a copy of each work nominated to each of the three members of the review committee below. These three copies must be received by the committee members no later than AUGUST 1, 2012. The winner will be announced at the AAS conference next spring.
Coomaraswamy Prize Committee:
- Michael Fisher (Chair), Oberlin College, P.O. Box 2075, Wellfleet, MA 02667 (If the books come by UPS: 15 Richman Lane, Wellfleet, MA 02667)
- Raka Ray, UC-Berkeley, 7601 Errol Drive, El Cerrito, CA 94530
- Steven Wilkinson, Yale University, Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics, 31 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520
For submissions: see list of Coomaraswamy Prize Committee members above