15 September and 13 October 2020
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!
- Talking about publishing a first book on Southeast Asia
Date: 15 September 2020, 10.30-12.00 AEST
- 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
Send inquiries to:
Nick Cheesman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Aspinall, email@example.com