NUS Press Sponsors AAS-in-Asia 2020

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Press publishes academic books and journals, in the social science and humanities disciplines, as well as high-quality general non-fiction. The Press is particularly attentive to the needs and priorities of researchers, writers and readers vitally concerned with Singapore and Southeast Asia.

NUS Press is very happy to be sponsoring AAS-in-Asia 2020, and we look forward to virtually exhibiting our books and interacting with our colleagues, publishing partners and conference attendees.

To schedule a meeting with Peter Schoppert, Director, and Paul Kratoska, Editorial Consultant, to discuss your new project, please book a meeting time on Calendly:

Recent themes we’d like to highlight include:

Shifting & multifaceted identities in Asia

  • Life Under the Palms: The Sublime World of the Anti-colonialist Jacob Haafner, a lively provoking read on one of 18th C colonialism’s sharpest critics from within
  • Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Colonial Imaginary: Global Encounters via Southeast Asia, edited by Hazel Hahn
  • the second volume of Prof Wang Gungwu’s memoir, Home is Where We Are, taking up his years at the University of Malaya, in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and the pleasures and perils of taking up an academic vocation in the Cold War

The teaching of art history in Southeast Asia

  • Read the special roundtable on this subject in our journal Southeast of Now (Open Access thanks to the support of the Yale-NUS Cheong Chen Swee Fund and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives).
  • Watch the special online roundtable discussion that takes up this subject and the difficulties (and possibilities) of teaching remotely, including collaborative teaching across the region. With participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

Getting to the bottom of the way electoral politics in Southeast Asia really work

Allen Hicken, Meredith Weiss and Ed Aspinall, together with Paul Hutchcroft have led a multi-year research project into elections in Southeast Asia, looking in particular at specific structures of patronage (including money politics). The results have led (directly and indirectly) to a number of books and journal articles, and form a part of a number of new books, including, from NUS Press:

  • The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Singapore and Malaysia, by Meredith Weiss (published by NUS Press in Southeast Asia)
  • Towards a New Malaysia?: The 2018 Election and Its Aftermath, edited by Meredith Weiss and Faisal S. Hazis,
  • Electoral Dynamics in the Philippines: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots (ISBN: 978-981-3250-52-9), edited by Allen Hicken, Edward Aspinall and Meredith Weiss
  • Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots (ISBN: 978-981-4722-04-9), edited by Edward Aspinall & Mada Sukmajati

Of related interest:

  • Unraveling Myanmar's Transition: Progress, Retrenchment and Ambiguity Amidst Liberalization, edited by by Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Elliott Prasse-Freeman, and Patrick Strefford, published in Japan by Kyoto University Press, and
  • Southeast Asia After the Cold War: A Contemporary History, by Ang Cheng Guan

In Memorium

We mark with sadness the passing in early August of Margaret Wang, co-author with Wang Gungwu of Home is Where We Are, forthcoming in October 2020.

“I first noticed Gungwu when he was giving a talk on William Wordsworth and I noticed his name on the notice board advertising his talk…I went along to the talk out of curiosity to hear this man with the unusual name. I found a handsome young man speaking with authority and depth on a poet. I was suitably impressed…

“Actually I did notice the lovely girl in the group.…She stood out among the female students as the beautiful girl who was keen to discuss Jane Austen and her generation of English poets. She was also the violinist who had studied under the highly-respected teacher Goh Soon Tioe, and played in the Singapore Youth Orchestra.”

And look out for important books coming up soon, including

  • Heather Sutherland’s major work of history (and historiography) in Eastern Indonesia, Seaways and Gatekeepers: Trade and State in the Eastern Archipelagos of Southeast Asia, c.1600–c.1906
  • Jean DeBernardi’s ground-breaking work of the history of Christianity in Singapore and Malaya, Christian Circulations: Global Christianity and the Local Church in Penang and Singapore, 1819-2000
  • Shashi Jayakumar’s History of the People’s Action Party 1985-2015 (forthcoming in 2021)

If you are based in the US, Europe or Northeast Asia you may wish to order books at a special 30% conference discount (and free shipping!) from our partner, the University of Chicago Press.

If you are based in Japan, please write to to get special conference prices on the NUS Press AAS book list and free shipping within Japan.

If you are based in Southeast Asia, come to the NUS Press webstore to claim the same 30% discount.

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