Southeast Asian Studies Series – Call for Manuscripts

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GerakBudaya and Asia Centre are pleased to announce the launch of a joint regional publications series which aims to focus upon the politics, history and culture of Southeast Asian societies.


Together we are launching a publications series on issues that matter to the peoples of the region.  The series will contribute to cross-disciplinary research and debate on the region and to highlighting new and innovative research on the region to a wider audience.

Manuscripts are welcome from contributors who are critically examining contemporary issues and would like to reach a wider audience.


The Series

In launching a Southeast Asian publication series we wish to understand the region in its broadest sense, not as a rigidly defined region but as also including those countries such as India and China which have always been important to its history and will be integral to its future.

We are therefore interested in intellectually sound manuscripts from across academic disciplines and from the policy sphere which speak to the wider region, which escape the confines of the nation-state and which highlight the transnational linkages and the historical ties which continue to structure present day Southeast Asia. As a guide, we welcome manuscripts in the following areas but we will happy to consider others:

  • ASEAN and Regionalism
  • Conflicts in the 21st Century
  • Civil Society and Transnational Activism
  • Democratization & Authoritarianism
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Gender Studies
  • Humanitarianism
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • New Media
  • Regional Arts & Culture
  • Sustainable Development

We are also interested to publish manuscripts in the following formats:


1. Monographs

We welcome a wide array of monographs. From academic research monographs to semi-academic and general non-fiction pieces by journalists and civil society activists. We are looking to publish pieces of original research which contribute something important to the scholarship on the region and which also talk to the work of civil society groups, NGOs and activists. We accept monographs of no longer than 40-100,000 words.

2. Edited Volumes

We are interested to receive various proposals for edited volumes with a regional focus. In particular we are interested to publish edited volumes of no more than 12 chapters which bring together a diverse range of voices from around the region and neighbouring regions on topics of contemporary importance to Southeast Asia. We are happy to receive initial proposals for such volumes and work with editors in order to develop their proposal.

3. Conference Proceedings

We are also interested to publish conference proceedings of important regional conferences which highlight cutting edge research and new and emerging perspectives on the region.

4. Self-Funded Publications

Finally we are interested in hearing from any individuals or organisations who have research funding or other such funding to contribute towards the cost of publishing research monographs, edited volumes and conference proceedings in keeping with our series specifications. This can be organised either as a self-publishing service, where GerakBudaya and Asia Centre will provide editing, production and distribution services, or as a co-publishing initiative in which the book will be jointly published by both parties.  Costs for book production can range from USD$ 1000–3500 depending on the length and nature of the manuscript and interested persons are encouraged to contact Series Editor James Gomez to find out more.


Series Editor

GerakBudaya and Asia Centre are proud to announce the appointment of Dr. James Gomez as the series editor of our Southeast Asian Studies series.

Dr. James Gomez is an academic, author and editor with over 20 years of international experience at universities, think-tanks, inter-governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. He has worked with numerous publishers and serves on international advisory boards, editorial committees and as external resource person to academic departments, schools, faculties and universities.He is presently Professor of Communications and Associate Dean (International Affairs), School of Communication Arts, Bangkok University, Thailand. He is also Executive-Director of Asia Centre.


Submissions Procedure

In order to consider your manuscript for publication we ask that you submit the following documents to us:

  • 1-page summary of the manuscript that outlines the number of pages or words.
  • Contents page
  • Estimated length of manuscript (current). (Estimate based on MS Word, 12 point font, Times New Roman or similar, 1 1/2 space;A4 size paper;inclusive of notes and appendices.)
  • A sample of 20 to 30 pages, or the introduction and one chapter.
  • A short biography of the author.

For edited volumes and conference proceedings we are happy to receive a provisional table of contents and a one page synopsis of the intended volume.

Please forward all submissions with a short covering letter to series editor Dr. James Gomez ( We aim to respond to your submission in 4-6 weeks.


Our Services

We will be able to provide full editorial, production and distribution services. We are able to provide professional editors who can assist in developmental editing, copy-editing and proofreading of your manuscript and we will then provide layout design, printing, marketing and distribution services.

In addition we can also organise on your behalf co-publication initiatives with other international academic and non-academic presses and manage translation and territorial rights purchases to enable to your research to reach a wider audience.


About Gerak Budaya

GerakBudaya has long been established in Malaysia as a publisher and distributor of titles embodying social awareness, critical perspectives and the hidden histories of Malaysia and the wider region. Under their SIRD imprint, they have established a major non-university publishing house with titles covering a wide range of academic disciplines from history to political science, economics, cultural studies and sociology.

To learn more about the Asia Centre – Gerak Budaya partnership, please click here.