AAS SAC Coomaraswamy Book Prize Competition

The Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize will honor a distinguished work of scholarship in South Asian Studies that promises to define or redefine the understanding of whole subject areas.

The committee particularly seeks nominations of broad scholarly works with innovative approaches that may concern any topic in any discipline or may cross disciplinary lines. The prize recognizes a distinguished scholarly monograph beyond the author or authors’ first monograph or published research project.

NOTE: First monographs should be submitted for the Bernard S. Cohn Prize.

Nominations for the book prize may be made by authors, publishers, or other interested members in the field. To be eligible, nominated books must be original, scholarly, nonfiction works with a 2017 copyright date, and must be the first publication of this text in English anywhere in the world. Nominated books should be accompanied by a list of the authors’ prior publications. The book’s subject matter must deal with South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh). Works are not eligible if they are reference works, exhibition catalogs, textbooks, essay collections, poetry, fiction, memoirs, or autobiographies. Translations will be eligible only if they include a substantial introduction, annotation, or critical apparatus. Co-authored books are eligible; edited volumes of essays are not. Presses may nominate up to six titles for the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize. Nominators must send a copy of each work nominated to each of the three members of the review committee below. These three copies must be received by the committee members no later than August 1, 2018. The prize will be presented at the AAS annual conference next spring.

Coomaraswamy Prize Committee:

  • Barbara Metcalf (Chair), 123 Ardmore Road, Kensington, CA 94707
  • Lamia Karim, Dept. of Anthropology 1218, Condon Hall 375, 1321 Kincaid St., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1218
  • Paula Richman, Box 2075, Wellfleet, MA 02667-2075