The ICAS Book Prize was established in 2004 by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), whose Secretariat is housed at the offices of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands. The IBP’s language basis has diversified since 2016, and in addition to the existing English Edition, the IBP also honours publications in Chinese, Korean, French and German.
The Groupement d’intérêt scientifique Études asiatiques (GIS Asie) (French Edition) has been one of the partner institutions of ICAS and organizes the competition for books on Asia, published in French since 2016.
For the first edition, 30 books were submitted. The Reading Committee comprised of 4 experts from the scientific committee, who selected a shortlist of 5 volumes that were presented at the 6th Congrès Asie in June 2017.
The French book prize was awarded to Marine Carrin for her monography: “Le parler des dieux. Le discours ritual santal entre l’oral et l’écrit (Inde)”, published by Société d’ethnologie.
The second edition is underway and the ICAS-GIS Asie book prize will be announced during the joint conference ICAS – GIS Asie to be held in Leiden by 16th of July 2019.