EuroSEAS Book Prizes 2015

Wednesday, 12 August, 2015

The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies will inaugurate two new book prizes at the Eighth EuroSEAS Conference in Vienna, 11-14 August 2015.

1) EuroSEAS 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) 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

A shortlist of three books in each category will be announced on the EuroSEAS website on 1 June 2015. Announcement of the winners will be made at a reception at the University of Vienna on 12 August 2015.

Notes on eligibility
• Only books written in English carrying a 2013 or 2014 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 28 February 2015.

Shortlist for the Humanities book prize (in alphabetical order):

Robbie Peters, Surabaya, 1945-2010. Neighbourhood, state and economy in Indonesia’s city of struggle. Singapore: NUS Press/Copenhagen, 2013.

Mandy Sadan, Being and Becoming Kachin. Histories beyond the state in the borderworld of Burma. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013

Lo Kah Seng, Squatters into Citizens. The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee fire and the making of modern Singapore, Singapore: NUS Press/ Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2013.

Shortlist for the Social Sciences book prize (in alphabetical order)
Lynette Chua, Mobilizing gay Singapore: Rights and resistance in an authoritarian state. Singapore: NUS Press, 2014.

Holly High, Fields of desire: Poverty and policy in Laos. Singapore: NUS Press, 2014.

Philip Taylor, The Khmer lands of Vietnam: Environment, cosmology, and sovereignty. Copenhagen: NIAS Press; Singapore: NUS Press, 2014.

Members of the jury of the Humanities Book Prize:
- Melani Budianta
Bintaro Puspita VII blok JJ 27
Bumi Bintaro Permai
Jakarta 12320

- Go Beng Lan
Department of Southeast Asian Studies,
FASS, AS3#06-13, 3 Arts Link, Kent Ridge Crescent
National University of Singapore
Singapore 117570

- Henk Schulte Nordholt
PO Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands

Members of the jury of the Social Science Book Prize:
- Bart Barendregt
Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University, 
P.O Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands

- Duncan McCargo
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
International Affairs Building 909B
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
New York  NY 10027

- Maznah Mohamad
Departments of Malay Studies and Southeast Asian Studies
Block AS7, #04-16, 5 Arts Link,
National University of Singapore
Singapore 117570