Filipino professor of history and Marie Curie fellow, Stephanie Marie Coo, is recipient of the 2021 International Best Book Prize Award in Humanities, English Language Edition
Stephanie Marie Coo, assistant professor with the Department of History of Ateneo de Manila University and currently a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow at the NOVA School of Law in Lisbon, Portugal and the University of Granada, in Granada, Spain, was awarded the prestigious International Best Book Prize 2021 in Humanities, English Language Edition for her book entitled Clothing the Colony: Nineteenth-Century Philippine Sartorial Culture – 1820-1896.
Out of the total 497 books that were submitted, of which 247 were from the humanities section, Professor Coo’s book, the only one from Asia to be shortlisted, was awarded under the International Convention of Asian Scholars.
Out of the total 497 books that were submitted, of which 247 were from the humanities section, Professor Coo’s book, the only one from Asia to be shortlisted, was awarded under the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), a biennial meeting platform of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) initiative, a consortium of universities hosted by the Leiden University in the Netherlands that connects scholars, academic practitioners, and institutions throughout the world to discuss and exchange knowledge and ideas about Asia and Asian Studies in a multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral context.
As a fellow Negrense, Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria is proud and honored to have worked and partnered with Professor Coo in promoting the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines in Portugal. In 2017 Dr. Stephanie Coo delivered a lecture entitled Philippine Women’s Clothing: Problematizing Class, Appearances, and Colonialism at Museu do Oriente in Lisbon. The Philippine Embassy in Portugal, through Professor Coo’s network and contacts, was able to partner and engage with Portuguese scholars and esteemed academic institutions for the embassy’s ongoing cultural programs and activities that highlight our common histories and common narratives with Portugal.