Call for Papers: Special Issue of Asiatic, June 2022




Special Issue Editors:

Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, International Islamic University Malaysia

Netty Mattar, International Islamic University Malaysia

Wan Nur Madiha Ramlan, International Islamic University Malaysia



Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature is highly regarded and indexed by, among others, Scopus, Web of Science and MLA databases. It is also listed in the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Since it is an open-access journal, it has greater visibility and a large global readership and is widely cited.



 â€œAsia-Pacific Writers: Voices from the Centre to the Peripheries,†a special issue of Asiatic, invites submissions of full articles which focus on voices of established and emerging writers in Asia and countries around the Pacific Rim. The Asia-Pacific region covers a huge geographical area which includes East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is a region rich with a vast array of languages, religions, and cultures across the Asia-Pacific, and hence there would be many voices to represent each ethnic group and culture. This special issue of Asiatic aims to develop a new understanding on how recent social, cultural, economic, and political developments are contributing to new discussions about the Centre and Peripheries in this diverse and fast-changing region. How do recent literary and cultural texts from the Asia-Pacific region challenge the idea of Centre and Peripheries? How does the emergence of peripheral literatures offer new, complex identities beyond such binaries? How can recent developments shed new light on our understanding of world literature?


We seek abstracts for papers that will provide new dimensions and perspectives on this area of study. This special issue is scheduled to be published in June 2022.

Areas of interest for this issue broadly include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Wealth and poverty in Asia-Pacific
  • Greening Asia-Pacific
  • Creative arts in Asia-Pacific
  • Religion and spirituality in Asia-Pacific
  • The digital in Asia-Pacific arts and literature
  • Asia-Pacific on film
  • Postmodern architecture
  • Multiculturalism and urban space.

We welcome any forms of representation regardless of language but manuscripts submitted must be in English.

Papers are by no means limited to these themes. We welcome papers related to other concerns associated with literature and/or other art forms in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Additionally, we would like to invite submissions of poems and book reviews which specifically deal with Asia-Pacific experiences and/or issues in the region.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words along with six keywords and the author’s brief biography (85 words) are due by 15 March 2021.


Important Dates

Notification of selection will be emailed by 31 March 2021.

The deadline for submissions of full papers (5000-7000 words) and creative pieces (max 3000 words) is 31 August 2021.


Peer review of manuscripts: September-November 2021


Evaluation and editing of manuscripts by Guest Editors: December 2021 to February 2022


Evaluation of edited manuscripts by Editor-in-Chief: March-April 2022


Decisions on manuscripts and the last round of editing: May 2022


Publication of the Special Issue: The first week of June 2022


For all related correspondences and submissions, please contact the special issue editors at <>, <> and <>.


All submissions must be in English following British spelling and formatted according to the MLA style. For research article template and other details on style and format, please visit the journal webpage: