Upcoming Online Events: Publishing a first book on Southeast Asia

Upcoming Online Events: Publishing a first book on Southeast Asia

15 September and 13 October 2020

Two online events for late-candidature PhD students and ECRs offered by the Asian Studies Association of Australia & Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars

Getting close to the end of a PhD in Southeast Asian studies, or recently completed? Thinking about whether or not you might try to turn that thesis into a book, and if so, how? Then these back-to-back events are for you. Hosted by the editors of the Southeast Asia Publications Series of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, published by NUS Press (with University of Hawai’i and NIAS), the two events will work through some of the dos and don’ts of turning a thesis in Southeast Asian studies into an academic book.

In the first, we will have an informal conversation about what to keep in mind when preparing to turn your thesis into a book, how to get started, get a contract, and get it finished. We’ll also talk about the state of academic book publishing generally, and reflect on publishing during and after a pandemic. In the second, a colleague from the ANU’s Academic Skills centre will join us to help review and discuss your book pitches and plans.

Eligibility: Both events are open to PhDs in the humanities, arts and social sciences who are in their last year of candidature, under examination, and up to five years out from graduation at institutions in Australia and New Zealand (including students and graduates who are residing currently in other countries) whose theses are based on substantive research in or on one or more parts of Southeast Asia. ASAA membership is not required (though it is encouraged).

Registration: Participants can attend either or both events. Registration for the first is open now and will remain open up until the day beforehand—though early registration would be appreciated. Registration for the second, which will be in two sessions, will open immediately after the first event and close two weeks beforehand. Participants will be capped at 20 and asked to submit a mock or draft book proposal, which we will share prior to meeting and discuss on the day.

Details follow. We hope you can join us!

  1. Talking about publishing a first book on Southeast Asia

Date: 15 September 2020, 10.30-12.00 AEST

Recording: Talking about publishing a first book on Southeast Asia


  1. Working on a proposal to publish a first book on Southeast Asia

Date: 13 October 2020, 10.30-12.00; 13.00-14.30 AEST

Register by: 29 September 2020, 23.59 AEST

To register:


Send inquiries to:

Nick Cheesman,

Ed Aspinall,



Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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