Call for Manuscripts: Southeast Asian Diasporas in the Americas (forthcoming Brill book series)

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Call for Publications
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Social Sciences, Social History / Studies

Edited by Richard T. Chu, University of Massachusetts, Augusto F. Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mariam Lam, University of California, Riverside

Studies on “Southeast Asians” have often situated the histories of these peoples within the territorial boundaries of their countries and within the regional framework of “Southeast Asia.” Geographically fixed to the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Singapore, “Southeast Asia” emerges, as critical area studies underscores, a site marked by multivalent politics, histories, and cultures. Whereas Southeast Asian studies remains regionally focused, Southeast Asian American studies has been concentrated on a series of U.S. imperial aftermaths evident in war, development, and neoliberalism. Notwithstanding the significant inquiries at the forefront of area studies and Southeast Asian American studies, what remains under-mined are the complex, transnational flows evident in the migrations, immigrations, and movements of Southeast Asians to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (the North American continent). 

Attendant to the rise of the Southeast Asian diaspora in North America, Southeast Asian Diasporas in the Americas (SEAD) provides a peer-reviewed forum for studies that specifically investigate the histories and experiences of Southeast Asian diasporic subjects in North America. We especially welcome studies — inclusive of original monographs, article collections, and primary source translations — that critically focus on the Southeast Asian experience in North America from a transnational, comparative, and international perspective. SEAD welcomes submissions from a wide array of disciplinary fields (including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, literary studies, and anthropology, among others) that  innovatively interrogate themes such as refugees, political asylum, gender/sexuality, colonialism, globalization, empire, nation/nationalism, ethnicity, and transnationalism. 

Manuscripts (preferably in English) should be at least 90,000 words in length (including end notes and works cited). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, and other visual material. The editors would be interested to receive proposals for specialist monographs and syntheses, but may also consider multi-authored contributions such as conference proceedings, and thematic issues, and source translations and edited texts.

Please send queries, proposals and submissions to Jason Prevost: