Encounters in the Middle East & Asia - Book series Edinburgh University Press / Archiv Orientalni

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Call for Publications
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to the new book series, published by Edinburgh University Press and Archiv Orientalni, "Encounters in the Middle East & Asia." The series is now accepting proposals for monographs and edited volumes.

Below, please find some information on the series; should you wish to know more about it, do not hesitate to email any of the contacts or follow the link to EUP's website.


Encounters in the Middle East & Asia

Series Editors: Nicola Di Cosmo (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), Táňa Dluhošová (Oriental Institute, CAS), Stefano Taglia (Oriental Institute, Cas)

Published in association with Archiv Orientální

Publishes research highlighting contacts between and within the Middle East and Asia

From the fourth millennium B.C.E. to the twenty-first century, the Middle East and Asia have experienced rich contacts and exchanges, both across and within their imaginary borders. The two regions have influenced each other’s intellectual and literary developments, served as mutual political examples and been important commercial partners.

Yet most transregional studies feature the presence of the West as one constant variable when analysing contacts across areas. This series instead fosters a new understanding of ‘Oriental Studies’ by publishing works of an interdisciplinary nature in which the non-Western world takes centre stage. Combining various approaches across the humanities and social sciences, ‘encounters’ include cultural, economic, intellectual, linguistic, literary and political exchanges between, and within, the Middle East and wider Asia. Maintaining a deep understanding of local languages and cultures, the series presents a more nuanced perspective on global thought, artistic currents and financial flows.

Series advisory board

  • Marilyn Booth, University of Oxford
  • Sabine Dabringhaus, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Stephen Dale, Ohio State University
  • Chiara Formichi, Cornell University
  • Robert Hellyer, Wake Forest University
  • Jana Mynářová, Charles University
  • Beatrice Penati, University of Liverpool

Key Features:

  • Provides a transregional, multidisciplinary approach
  • Makes use of dynamic content in its original language and in translation, including inscriptions, archaeological artifacts such as tablets, commercial documents, extracts from letters, imperial decrees, journal articles, legal documents, palm manuscripts, poems
  • Emphasises the breakdown of the perceived exceptionalism of non-Western cultural, geographical and religious areas
  • Stresses the importance of cultural productions and exchanges, commercial contacts and conversations between supposed civilisational peripheries and among different groups of the same sub-region
  • Provides a much-needed outlet for works dealing with cross-regional environmental history

Write for Encounters in the Middle East and Asia

Your book should:

  • Be 80,000-100,000 words long and may include maps and illustrations
  • Be written at a level suitable for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and academics working on Asian and Middle Eastern regional studies areas
  • Be interdisciplinary and/or comparative in approach
  • Include an appendix or images of primary sources used in the manuscript in their original language

Transliteration guidelines: Middle Eastern languages: IJMES; Chinese: Pinyin; Japanese: Hepburn; Korean: McCune-Reischauer.

Contact Info: 


EUP Senior Commissioning Editor