Northeast Asia Council (NEAC)

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) is one of four regional councils operating within the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Created in 1970, these councils represent the interests of scholars working in their respective geographical areas.

Collectively, the four area councils and the Council of Conferences serve as the major policy body for the Association of Asian Studies, providing liaison between the Board of Directors and the members at large.

GRANT PROGRAMS

NEAC administers the following grant programs:

BOOK PRIZES

  • the John Whitney Hall Book Prize, given annually to the author of an outstanding English-language book on Japan
  • the James B. Palais Prize, given annually to an outstanding scholar of Korean studies from any discipline or country specialization.

STUDENT PRIZE

  • NEAC administers a prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the AAS Annual Conference (see below for details).

NEAC MEMBERS

NEAC COMMITTEES

AAS AFFILIATES RELATED TO NEAC

NEAC PRIZE FOR BEST GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER

Each year, the AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) holds a competition for the best paper on a Korea or Japan topic presented by a graduate student at the AAS Conference. This prize recognizes emerging scholarship in the field and fosters intellectual exchange among junior and senior scholars. Consideration will be given to papers that have clear potential to be developed into publishable journal articles. The award of $400 and a certificate are presented at the AAS Annual Conference. The Northeast Asia Council will also provide a sum of up to $600 to the winner of the prize to partially cover the cost of travel to the AAS Annual Conference, where the winner will be recognized at the AAS Presidential Address/Awards Ceremony.

The submission deadline for the 2016 graduate student paper prize has now passed. Submission details for the graduate student paper prize for 2017 will be posted here prior to the 2017 AAS Annual Conference in Toronto.

The 2015 AAS Conference NEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Miriam Chusid (Princeton University) for her paper "Tales from the Underworld: Visual Narratives of Salvation from Hell in Medieval Japan."

The 2014 AAS Conference NEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Hyeseon Jeong (Ohio State University; Geography and WGSS) for her paper titled, "Giving to Belong: South Korea's 'Graduation from Aid.'"