The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Sponsors AAS-in-Asia 2020

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University ( was founded in 1963. Since then, it has focused on the dynamic differences and diversity that exist within the region. As a research Center of Excellence, it embraces a multidisciplinary approach to area studies by including a synergy of not only the humanities and social sciences, but also other disciplines such as agronomy, ecology, medicine, and the natural sciences. CSEAS offers an exciting arena for interdisciplinary joint research programs. This unique characteristic allows CSEAS to stand out from other area studies institutions and facilities around the world by placing great emphasis on conducting comparative and comprehensive studies necessary to build a more complete picture of the region.

Since its beginning, CSEAS has prioritized publishing research results. Now we publish 5 monographs and 2 academic journals as follows. For details, please visit our website:


CSEAS publishes following series for the presentation of original academic studies contributing to the development of area studies, in Southeast Asia and beyond (5 monographs).

  • Monographs of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (English)

University of Hawai`i Press

  • Kyoto Area Studies on Asia (English)

Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press

  • Kyoto CSEAS Series on Asian Studies (English)

NUS Press and Kyoto University Press, partly with Ateneo de Manila University Press

  • Kyoto CSEAS Series on Philippine Studies (English)

Kyoto University Press and Ateneo de Manila University Press

  • Kyoto Area Studies on Asia (Japanese, Chiiki Kenkyu Sosho「地域研究叢書」)

Kyoto University Press


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, comparative, and contemporary research on Southeast Asia. In 2012, CSEAS launched Southeast Asian Studies as its sister all-English journal in order to reach broader international audiences, and 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 various fields of study on Southeast Asia, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities (2 journals).

  • Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Tonan Ajia Kenkyu『東南アジア研究』)

  • Southeast Asian Studies

Journal Profile of Southeast Asian Studies


Book Talk by Author

CSEAS's Activities

CSEAS Online Movie Program

The scholars in CSEAS are leading researchers active around the world, with a focus on Southeast Asia. Their efforts are introduced here with short videos, especially for young people.

Southeast Asia Seminar

Since 1977 the Center for Southeast Asian Studies has convened the Seminar to bring together junior and senior scholars for learning and exchange in Southeast Asian area studies.


Corona Chronicles: Voices from the Field

CSEAS Corona Chronicles is a platform which aims to present the latest research findings from different countries and regions on how COVID-19 is affecting individuals, communities and nations and gauge their reactions.

Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia

The Multilingual Online Journal.