Africa-Asia Book Prize


The Africa-Asia Book Prize was established and currently coordinated by the International Convention of Asia Scholars Secretariat (ICAS) and Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA) in 2013.

Being the first award within the Africa-Asia Studies field, its aim is to create, by way of a global competition, an international focus for publications on Africa-Asia while increasing their visibility worldwide. Competing books in the Humanities and Social Sciences are written by African scholars on an Asian topic or by any other author on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages. The book prize is awarded for outstanding English, French, and Portuguese language works in the field of Africa-Asia Studies.

AAIB 2015

The first AAIBP was held in 2014, and the winners were announced during the Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge conference on September 2015 in Accra, Ghana. 25 titles were entered in total. As Africa-Asia Studies is an emerging field, most of the books were recently published, and thus eligible for the second AAIBP. For information on the shortlisted titles and the winners, click here.

AAIB 2018

The winner of the AAIBP 2017 was announced during the Second International Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’ (Dar es Salaam; 20-22 September 2018): Ching Kwan Lee, “The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa” (2017, The University of Chicago Press).

Professor Ching Kwan Lee shall be honoured again during the grand Book Prize award ceremony at ICAS 11 in Leiden (16–19 July 2019).