The South Asia Council (SAC) 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.
The South Asia Council administers the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize, which honors the author of the best English-language work in South Asian studies and the A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation, which recognizes and encourages translations from South Asian languages into English.
NEW: SAC will oversee a new book prize for first books on South Asia (the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize)
ATTN STUDENTS: The South Asia Council administers a prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the AAS Annual Conference.
Chair: Anne Feldhaus, Arizona State University, email@example.com
Farina Mir, University of Michigan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Lee Novetzke, University of Washington, email@example.com
John D. Rogers, American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Barfield, Boston University, email@example.com
Shelley Feldman, Cornell University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Erndl, Florida State University, email@example.com
Saadia Toor, CUNY Staten Island, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karin Zitzewitz, Michigan State University, email@example.com
Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation (CONSALD)
American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA)
American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS)
American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)
American Insititue of Indian Studies (AIIS)
American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)
Independent Scholars of South Asia (ISOSA)
Maharashtra Studies Group
Rajasthan Studies Group
South Asia Language Resource Center (SALRC)
South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)
The AAS South Asia Council (SAC) holds an annual competition for the best paper on a Southeast Asia topic presented by a graduate student at the AAS Conference.
The prize—an award of $200 and a certificate—is designed to recognize emerging scholarship in the field and to foster intellectual exchange among junior and senior scholars. The South Asia Council of the AAS will also provide a sum of $300.00 to the winner of the prize, to partially cover the cost of his or her travel to the Philadelphia Conference, where the winner will be recognized at the AAS Graduate Student reception.
The Council encourages graduate students who present papers at the March 2014 conference in Philadelphia to submit their papers for consideration. Papers on any aspect and region of South Asia will be considered. Students must be registered in a doctoral program in order to be considered for the Prize. Submitted papers should be no longer than 3,000 words, excluding footnotes.
Submission information for the 2014 prize will be made available in spring 2014, shortly before the Philadelphia conference (March 27–30, 2014).
Announcement of the 2013 AAS San Diego Conference SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize winner will be made at the 2014 AAS Philadelphia Conference.
The SAC 2012 AAS San Diego Conference Graduate Student paper Prize winner was Arthur Dudney (Columbia University), who presented a paper entitled "Fashioning Everyday Speech into Literary Language in Eighteenth-Century Delhi."
The SAC 2011 AAS Hawaii Conference Graduate Student paper Prize winner was Adrienne Fast, doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, who presented a paper entitled "Performing "Artist": Middle-Class Identity and the Working Artist in Late-Colonial Bengal."
The SAC 2010 AAS Philadelphia Conference Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Juned Shaikh, doctoral student in the History Program at the University of Washington (now at Yale University), who presented a paper entitled "Kamyunista Jahirnama [The Communist Manifesto]: Mavali, Dalit and the Making of Mumbai's Working Class."
The SAC 2009 AAS Chicago Conference Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Jason Cons (PhD candidate in Development Sociology, Cornell University), who presented a paper entitled "Spatial Corruptions: Place, Rule, and Cattle Along the Indian-Bangladesh Border."