Book Prize

European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Book Prize

Shortlist Announced for Book Prizes!

The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will award two book prizes at its 9th Conference in Oxford, 16-18 August 2017 (

1) The EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize for the best academic book on Southeast Asia published in the humanities – including archaeology, art history, history, literature, performing arts and religious studies.

2) The EuroSEAS Social Science Book Prize for the best academic book on Southeast Asia published in the social sciences – including anthropology, economics, law, politics and international relations, and sociology.

Shortlist EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize:

Jiat- Hwee Chang, A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture. Colonial networks, nature and technoscience. London/New York: Routledge, 2016.  

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies. Vietnam and the memory of war. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2016.

Birgit Tremml-Werner, Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644 Local comparisons and global connections. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015

Shortlist EuroSEAS Social Science Book Prize:

Azza Basarudin, Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia. Washington: University of Washington Press, 2016).

Pamela McElwee, Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016. 

Astrid Noren-Nilsson, Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program 2016.


Past Submission Information

We kindly invite you to submit books for these prizes by sending copies directly to the members of the jury mentioned below.

A shortlist of six books in each category will be announced on the EuroSEAS website on 1 July 2017. Announcement of the winners will be during the conference.

Notes on eligibility
• Only books written in English carrying a 2015 or 2016 date will be eligible.
• The same book will not be considered for both prizes – please submit to the most applicable category. If in doubt about which category applies, please email<>
• The prize committees will reserve the right to cross-refer as they find appropriate. Only single-authored or co-authored research monographs are eligible: no edited volumes or textbooks. Translations of literary works are not eligible.
• There are no residency or citizenship requirements for authors, and no location requirements for publishers.
• Nominations should be made by the publishers of the book. There is no limit to the number of books an individual publisher may nominate.
• The decisions of the judges shall be final
• Copies of nominated books should be mailed directly to members of the prize committees by 15 April 2017.

Members of the Jury of the Humanities Book Prize:
Mandy Sadan (SOAS University of London) 
81 Hugh Allen Crescent
OX3 0HL England.

Ariel Heryanto
Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia
Monash Asia Institute, H553, Level 5,
Dandenong Road, Caulfield East
Victoria 3145, AUSTRALIA

Henk Schulte Nordholt (Chair)
Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)
Reuvensplaats 2
PO Box 9515
2300RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Members of the Jury of the Social Science Book Prize:
Oona Paredes
Department of Southeast Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS8, Level 6
10 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 119260

Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Dugan Hall, Suite 201
883 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA 01854

Duncan McCargo (Chair)
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University
Mail Code 3333
909A International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street
New York
NY 10027