In July 2017, Professor Seth Jacobowitz’s Writing Technology in Meiji Japan was awarded the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities at the ICAS biannual conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His book was chosen from a field of 93 book submissions from across all the regions and humanistic disciplines of Asian Studies.
ICAS Book Prize (IBP) in the Humanities statement published in the book prize announcement at the conference:
Superbly written, Writing Technology in Meiji Japan deploys a sophisticated analytical prism to examine the interlocked transformations of literature, language, and visual culture during an historical epoch known for its increasing efforts toward standardization. Meiji Japan is masterfully placed in conversation with the global appearance of new media technologies. The result is a highly original media history that rethinks and re-conceptualizes the emergence of modern Japanese literature and culture, thus making it the deserved winner of the IBP 2017 in the Humanities.