Richly deserved


from Press News, posted 02/23/2013 - 16:37

It was with great pleasure to be informed late on Friday that Jessica Harriden’s The Authority of Influence: Women and Power in Burmese History had been nominated for the Asia Society’s 2013 Bernard Schwartz Book Award.

The award (as the email stated) recognizes nonfiction books that:

  • Provide special insights and new perspectives into understanding contemporary Asia and/or U.S.-Asia relations.
  • Describe and explain changes taking place in Asia and/or in U.S.-Asia relations and the implications for the wider world to a general audience.
  • Bring forth ideas that offer potential policy impacts relating to the region.

For the 2013 award, the first English edition of the book must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2012. The winner, chosen by an independent jury comprised of experts in the fields of policy, media, academia, cultural, and business, will receive a $20,000 prize and be honored at a special event at Asia Society’s New York headquarters. Additionally, two honorable mentions will be selected to receive a $2,000 prize. More information on the award, eligibility and rules, and previous winners can be found here.

We are no strangers to this prestigious prize, one of our authors – Duncan McCargo – winning the 2009 prize for his Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand. Sadly, Duncan did not offer that book to NIAS Press though (in a recent review) his Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand’s Southern Conflict – published by NIAS Press in 2011 – was judged to be the natural companion volume.

Jessica Harriden

Meantime, our fingers are crossed for Jessica. More detailed information about her book than found on our website is available here.


 

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