Call for Abstracts: Critical Media Histories in Southeast Asia

Edited by Associate Prof. Louie Jon A. Sánchez, PhD (University of the Philippines Diliman) and Assistant Prof. Jason Paolo Telles (University of the Philippines Baguio/Monash University)

We are pleased to announce a call for book chapter contributions for “Critical Media Histories in Southeast Asia,” a forthcoming publication that seeks to explore the rich and diverse histories of media in the region through critical and decolonized lenses.

Media histories are important sources of knowledge and insight into the role that media have played in shaping and reflecting societies and cultures in different parts of the world. In the case of Southeast Asia, media histories have been shaped by a complex interplay of local, regional, colonial, and global influences. The region has a rich and diverse media landscape, ranging from traditional forms such as oral storytelling, manuscript culture, and print media, to modern forms such as radio, television, and digital media. This book aims to examine the intricate and contested histories of the production, distribution, and consumption of such forms of media in the region. It also seeks to include works that focus on the historical development and transformation of media practices in Southeast Asia, and the ways in which media have been used to shape, reflect, and contest cultural identities and political struggles in the region.

We invite scholars from various disciplines and backgrounds, which include media and communication studies, history, anthropology, among others, to contribute to this volume and engage with a range of critical perspectives that address the power dynamics and inequalities embedded in media histories in Southeast Asia.

We particularly encourage contributions that challenge dominant narratives and perspectives in media histories of Southeast Asia, and that offer new insights and perspectives on the region’s media cultures and practices.

We welcome contributions on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • The historical development of media industries and technologies in Southeast Asia
  • The role of media in colonialism and post-colonialism in Southeast Asia
  • Media and nationalism in Southeast Asia
  • Alternative media practices and resistance movements in Southeast Asia
  • The gendered histories of media in Southeast Asia
  • The impact of digital technologies on media histories and cultures in Southeast Asia
  • The relationship between media and religion in Southeast Asia
  • The politics of censorship and media regulation in Southeast Asia
  • The representation of Southeast Asia in global media
  • The role of media in shaping regional and global imaginaries of Southeast Asia
  • The challenges of preserving and documenting Southeast Asia’s diverse media histories and cultures
  • The emergence and evolution of print media in Southeast Asia
  • The development and impact of radio in Southeast Asia
  • The historical significance of television in Southeast Asia
  • The role of cinema and film in Southeast Asian society and culture
  • The emergence and impact of new media in Southeast Asia
  • The relationship between media and democracy in Southeast Asia
  • Media and environmentalism in Southeast Asia
  • The impact of globalization on media histories in Southeast Asia
  • De-westernized and decolonized perspectives on media histories in Southeast Asia

These are just some examples of potential topics, and we encourage contributions that explore other critical perspectives on media histories in Southeast Asia. We particularly welcome contributions that address the intersectionalities of power and inequality in media histories and that center the voices and experiences of marginalized groups.

We invite scholars at all career stages and from a range of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds to submit proposals for both theoretical and empirical contributions that are based on original research. We aim to publish a volume that is interdisciplinary, theoretically rigorous, and accessible to a wide readership.

Papers should be written in English and follow APA citation style. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by September 30, 2023. Selected authors will be notified by November 30, 2023, and full papers of 5000-6000 words will be due by February 25, 2024.

Please submit your abstracts and any inquiries to and/or

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