Call for Chapters : Malaysian politics and people : vol. 3

Call for Papers

Malaysian Politics and People: Volume 3


Established in 2014, ‘Malaysian Politics and People’ is a unique series of studies on Malaysian politics and society edited by Sophie Lemiere. Its first volume titled Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People was released in 2014, in the aftermath of GE13, and the second volume Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II in 2017 in the lead up to GE14. The series aims to make an important contribution to the study of Malaysian politics and society and to speak not only to researchers and scholars of Malaysia but also to activists, students, journalists, policy makers and others interested to understand the wider dynamics. Each volume brings together academics from around the world as well as Malaysian cartoonist Zunar who offers his own visual interpretation of each topic explored in the volume.

The series has been key in drawing wider attention to Malaysian studies and placing a focus on emerging scholars and new areas of study. The first edition was a success, selling out its first and second prints. Whilst the second volume will shortly be published internationally by Amsterdam University Press.

As Malaysia is entering a period of political change we are now looking ahead to the third volume begin to analyse what makes up this ‘new’ Malaysia.  We are now looking for contributions offering original perspectives on contemporary affairs and tracing the evolution of political, social and economic dynamics. We are particularly interested in research focusing on overlooked areas of Malaysian politics and society, emphasising inter-disciplinarity, and ethnographic and fieldwork-based research.

We would be glad to receive propositions exploring – but not limited to – the following areas:

  • Reform in all of its manifestations: institutional, governance, judicial, education, economic, health, agriculture and land etc.
  • Malaysia & theories of democratic transition
  • Malaysia-China relations
  • The impact of GE14 on the wider region
  • Malaysia’s new political dynamics: beyond race and religion?
  • An ethnography of political parties & political campaigning
  • Political and social challenges in general, and challenges to Malay culture, Malay institutions Malay language in particular
  • Art and Politics
  • Elections: Electoral manipulation, historical perspectives on elections and campaigning
  • The place of minority groups in Malaysia: Women, Malaysian Indians, Indigenous communities and LGBTQI
  • Environmental/resources issues

Submission Procedure:

To submit your work for consideration please send the following items to editor Sophie Lemiere at by 30th July 2018

          an abstract of no more than 400 words,

          a short bio of no more than 300 words,

          an updated CV with current affiliation and publications.

Final selections will be made by mid to late August 2018. Once accepted the final deadline for paper submissions will be 30 November 2018, with publication of the volume scheduled for Fall 2019. No paper will be accepted past the deadline. Papers should be submitted exclusively in the following format:

  • Of no more than 6,000 words
  • Avoiding academic jargon yet showing awareness of contemporary and classic academic literature
  • Solidly grounded in recent empirical research
  • In Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • Using British spelling and punctuation
  • In font Times New Roman size 12, without any formatting.
  • Using Harvard Referencing Style

The Editor

Sophie Lemiere is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University where she received the 2017-2018 Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) Scholars Program fellowship. She recently obtained the Stanford-NUS Distinguished Lee Kong Chiang Fellowship for 2018-2019, and a non-residential fellowship at the Ash Center for Democracy in Harvard. She will be visiting Stanford in the fall 2018 and NUS in the Spring 2019.

 In 2013, she started the series “Malaysian Politics and People” published/distributed by Gerakbudaya Malaysia in Southeast Asia, and University of Amsterdam Press and University of Chicago Press in Europe and North America. She was formerly an Associate Researcher at the Middle-East Directions Program and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She received her Masters and PhD from Sciences-Po, Paris and has specialised in Malaysian Politics since 2006. Sophie is working on questions related to religion and politics, politics and crime, authoritarianism/democratization, civil society and political parties, and the evolution of LGBTQI rights and perception versus the radicalization of religious discourse in Southeast Asia. She also looks at the evolution of the discourse and practices of Islamist Parties in a comparative perspective in Malaysia and Tunisia. Her PhD manuscript on Gangs and Politics in Malaysia will be published early 2019. She is currently working on a monograph on the Mahathir 2018 campaign.

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