The Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize honors outstanding and innovative scholarship across discipline and country of specialization for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia, published during the preceding year.
The Prize, named to honor the distinguished scholar, Bernard S. Cohn, carries with it a $1,000 award for the author. Books nominated may address either contemporary or historical topics in any field of the humanities or the social sciences related to any of the countries of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal in the spirit of Barney Cohn’s broad and critical scholarship on culture and history in South Asia. Nominations for the Prize may be made by authors, publishers, or other interested members in the field. To be eligible, books must have a 2018 copyright date. Prior publication of an edited volume, exhibition catalog, or translations without critical apparatus does not necessarily disqualify authors; a list of such publications, if any, must accompany the submission. A copy of nominated books must be sent to each member of the selection committee listed below by the August 1, 2019 deadline. The prize will be presented at the AAS annual conference next spring.
Cohn Selection Committee:
- Nathaniel Roberts (chair), Humboldtallee 16A, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
- Anna Stirr, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Asian Studies Program, Moore Hall 416, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1890 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
- Neilesh Bose, 105 Downing Drive, Coraopolis, PA 15108