The editorial board is happy to announce the birth of the Southeast Asian Social Science Review (SEASSR), a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of critical scholarship in the field of social sciences and humanities. SEASSR is jointly published by the Malaysian Social Science Association (PSSM) and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, two leading social science institutions in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Its editors consist of social science scholars from various universities in Malaysia, with a team of renowned senior scholars from various countries who sit as members of the international advisory board.
While there are already a number of sister publications in Malaysia and the region, the emergence of SEASSR as a new publishing platform for the social sciences and humanities should be welcome. Scholars and researchers will have a wider choice through which they can share their research findings and engage in debates on various themes and issues relevant for the advancement of their fields. As indicated in the Guide to Contributors, SEASSR publishes articles, book reviews, conference reports, research notes, interviews, communications, as well as think pieces or commentaries that can contribute towards, or even extend the frontiers of, scholarly debate on various issues of interest to a wide range of scholars and readers. While its empirical focus is on Malaysia and Southeast Asia, the journal welcomes papers on the social sciences and humanities in general as well as those that adopt an interdisciplinary or even transdisciplinary perspective.
Malaysia and the region is a confluence of major world civilisations, a home of peoples of diverse origins, ethnicities, religions and cultures, whose countries practise various political and economic systems. It is also a region that throughout its history has benefited from interactions with different countries and regions in the world. All these form highly rich and diverse sources for research, writing and reflections, offering epistemologies and perspectives that can contribute meaningfully to local knowledge, as well as to the universal corpus of knowledge in the social sciences and humanities.
It is our hope that scholars from Malaysia and the region, as well as those from other parts of the world will find SEASSR a useful platform to publish their works. As a journal that is inclusive and one that believes in upholding and nurturing talent, we will publish works from different generations of scholars, if possible, in every issue. We also hope readers – scholars, students, policy makers and the general public – will find the journal not only informative, but also as a useful source of reference that is engaging and thought-provoking in terms of views, analysis, and perspectives.
The sustainability of the journal is dependent upon its contributors and readers in particular, and the warm support of the scholarly community in general. In this regard, we welcome your comments and criticisms, and very importantly, your works as well as patronage of the journal.