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CIAC: The AAS China and Inner Asia Council

The China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC)

The China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) 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.

CIAC administers a Small Grants Program.

CIAC offers two Levenson Book Prizes for nonfiction scholarly books on China.

NEW: CIAC will oversee a new book prize for books on Inner Asia (the E. Gene Smith Book Prize)

ATTN STUDENTS: CIAC administers a prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the AAS Annual Conference.

CIAC Council Members

Chair: David Strand, Dickinson College,

Jonathan Lipman, Mount Holyoke College,
Paul Smith, Haverford College,
Gray Tuttle, Columbia University,
Eugene Wang, Harvard University,
Chun-fang Yu, Columbia University,
Haiyan Lee, Stanford University,
Shu-mei Shih, UCLA,
Dorothy Solinger, UC-Irvine,


Each spring the AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) invites graduate student participants on the current year's AAS Conference program to submit their papers for consideration for the best graduate student paper prize. Papers must be electronically submitted by the final day of each year's conference and are publically awarded at the following year's AAS Conference.

In spring 2013, the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies will announce the 2013 competition for the best paper on a China/Inner Asia topic presented by a graduate student at the AAS Conference in San Diego.

The prize will recognize emerging scholarship in the field and foster intellectual exchange among junior and senior scholars. The award will be presented at the 2014 AAS Conference in Philadelphia.

The China and Inner Asia Council encourages graduate students who will present papers at the March 2013 conference in San Diego to submit their papers for consideration. Papers on any aspect and region of China/Inner 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. Submissions longer than 3,000 words will not be read.

Submission information will appear in Spring 2013, prior to the 2013 AAS Conference in San Diego.


The CIAC 2011 AAS-ICAS Hawaii Joint Conference Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Wing Shan Ho, doctoral student at the University of Oregon, who presented a paper entitled, "Women and the State Ideology: Modernization and Perverted Characters in Chinese Television."