Call for papers for our next Special Issue: China in South Asia (Vol 7, No 1, 2019)


China in South Asia

The interest taken by China in South Asia since the early 2000s has prompted scholars to reflect on its economic and geo-political implications. Responses to Chinese initiatives in the region have been diverse across and within the South Asian countries, opening up new possibilities but also potentially exposing pre-existing tensions. In particular, new sea lines of communication and ties of infrastructure financing have the potential to redefine relationships between countries in the region, as well as among interest groups at both the national and local levels. 

Our special issue China in South Asia aims to advance a comparative sense of what China’s presence in the region looks like. We invite submissions from young scholars in anthropology, development studies, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, sociology, and other branches of the social sciences. Successful submissions will help us ground these broad theoretical concerns through concrete case studies and contribute to a better and more nuanced understanding of the implications of Chinese engagement in the region.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open until Monday 15th April. Papers should be no longer than 8,000 words in lenght. Shorter contributions will be considered, as well as visual and creative submissions. Papers should be blinded for peer review and accompanied by a title page that includes author(s)’ name and contact details, and an abstract. Please follow our submission guidelines. To make a new submission please register and use the submission form on our Open Journal System.

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About the Journal

The South Asianist is a peer-reviewed journal for early-career researchers in the humanities and social sciences whose work contributes to South Asian studies. The journal provides a platform for young scholars to present and discuss their work, meet other scholars with similar interests, and spur critical debate on the socio-economic, political, cultural and religious aspects that both define South Asia as a region and divide it into units of analysis. At The South Asianist, we are committed to integrity, collaboration, constructive feedback and inclusivity, and to develop lasting relationships with authors and peers. We particularly welcome submissions from South Asian scholars whose work focuses on understudied geographical and thematic areas.