PUBLICATIONS | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University

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Since its beginning, CSEAS has prioritized publishing research results. The academic journal Tonan Ajia Kenkyu began with the founding of the Center. Since the 1960s monographs have been published in both Japanese and in English, and over the years we have engaged in various publication initiatives. A complete list of CSEAS publications is available on the homepage of the editorial office at

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CSEAS publishes the below series for the presentation of original academic studies contributing to the development of area studies in Southeast Asia and beyond. CSEAS receives manuscripts from within and outside the country, with special emphasis on Asian authors. Each series has a different emphasis in terms of the types of material and the regions covered. For details, please visit our website.



Since its first publication in 1963, the bilingual quarterly Tonan Ajia Kenkyu has reflected the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ strong commitment to publishing the best of empirically grounded, multidisciplinary, and contemporary research on Southeast Asia and beyond. In 2012, CSEAS launched Southeast Asian Studies as its sister English journal in order to reach broader international audiences, while Tonan Ajia Kenkyu was reorganized as a biannual Japanese journal. Reflecting the Center’s fieldwork-based, multidisciplinary, and contemporary approaches, both journals publish work from diverse fields of study on Southeast Asia, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Southeast Asia Studies is indexed in Scopus, run by Elsevier, and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), run by Clarivate Analytics.

Southeast Asian Studies
Published three times a year (April, August, December)

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Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Tonan Ajia Kenkyu)
Published twice a year (January, July)

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Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia

The Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia was launched to promote exchange among the intellectual communities of Southeast Asia. Each issue is organized around a theme and reviews recent work, especially books published in the region and in local languages. Recognizing that mutual inaccessibility of national languages is an important barrier to deepening knowledge of neighboring countries, we use translation to facilitate informed discussion. Articles are translated from English into Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, and Vietnamese. Moreover, the Young Academic’s Voice column promotes works by young intellectuals who conduct research on Southeast Asia and provides a platform for them to disseminate their work through CSEAS’s extensive networks across the globe.

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Corona Chronicles: Voices from the Field

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and, to date, millions of infections and fatalities have been confirmed. During the pandemic, CSEAS closely monitored how this played out in Southeast Asia and other regions.

In April 2020, CSEAS launched the online platform “Corona Chronicles: Voices from the Field” to collect and disseminate a variety of local, on-the-ground perspectives and voices. Initiated to help capture the situation in Southeast Asia and other regions, the platform has since expanded to South America and Central Asia. The chronicles offered the latest findings from specific countries and regions on how COVID-19, and the reactions to it, affected individuals, communities, and nations.

The writers include local researchers, writers, filmmakers, journalists, and medical and health professionals, although some articles are published anonymously due to domestic political circumstances. The commentary, analyses, and observations from a variety of contributors provide readers with unique comparative perspectives and insights. Through this platform, we hope to provide a forefront of regional research and nurture the seeds of new area studies.

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Book Talk on Asia

In January 2021, CSEAS launched Book Talk on Asia, a Japanese-language audio program introducing new books on Asia. Book authors are invited to talk about the contents and background of their work. Associate Professor Yoshihiro Nakanishi hosts the show.

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CSEAS Classics

In 2020, CSEAS launched a website to share the research outcomes of former CSEAS members in the form of open-access monographs and papers. Currently, nine books from the Southeast Asian Studies Series and 19 Discussion Papers are available. We hope you will take the
opportunity to read these studies published from the 1970–90s.

Each book of the Southeast Asia Studies Series in Japanese can be accessed from the list below.

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Kyoto Working Papers on Area Studies

Kyoto Working Papers on Area Studies is a series published jointly by the three area studies institutions of Kyoto University: the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS); the Center for African Area Studies (CAAS); and, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).

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CIRAS Discussion Paper Series

The CIRAS Discussion Paper Series was created to publish the results of joint research conducted by the Center for Information Resources of Area Studies (CIRAS). In addition to peer-reviewed research papers, field survey records and the introduction of newly discovered materials are also essential for the accumulation of knowledge in area studies. This series has therefore published a wide variety of research results, including articles, field survey reports, documents, bibliographic summaries, and records of workshops and symposiums.

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