CfP: The Newsletter, International Institute for Asian Studies

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The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a Humanities and Social Sciences research institute and knowledge exchange platform based in Leiden, the Netherlands. It takes a thematic and multisectoral approach to the study of Asia and initiates programmes that engage Asian and other international partners.

The Newsletter is a free periodical published by IIAS, and the premier Asian Studies forum for scholars and experts alike to publish research essays and reviews. The Newsletter bridges the gap between specialist knowledge and public discourse and provides an exceptional opportunity to share work with our 50,000 readers worldwide. Pertinent and provoking, The Newsletter encourages discussion and interaction.

We are currently inviting submissions for Issue #91, to be published in March 2022. We specifically encourage Southeast Asia scholars to contribute and welcome four types of submissions:

The Study:

These are research essays of 1400-1700 words (for one-page articles) or 2500-3600 words (for two-page articles) on any topic in Asian Studies. Please include 2-3 images with your submissions.

The Focus:

Each issue of The Newsletter includes a special section called “The Focus” that compiles multiple articles on a particular theme. The Focus is put together by an external guest editor. If you would like to propose a theme for a Focus section, please contact the editorial team.

The Portrait:

This section typically details a museum, exhibition, or installation that concerns Asia. If not by the curators/organizers themselves, these articles are usually done in consultation with them. To pitch an article for this section, please reach out to the editorial team.

The Review:

For the print edition, we typically select book reviews from our reviews website. To write a review for the website, please browse available titles at

Find more information about submission procedures and style guidelines here:

For examples of previously published issues, please use the link below:

Research essays for The Study in our upcoming issue should be submitted by 1 December 2021. All article submissions, Focus and Portrait proposals, and any other enquiries can be sent directly to the editorial team at

Paramita Paul

Chief Editor of The Newsletter, IIAS