Scheduled Thematic Special Sections

Each issue of Education About Asia includes a substantial thematic section. See below for a listing of themes for the scheduled special sections along with submission deadlines.

Prospective authors of feature-length articles are strongly advised to be aware of the focus of each special section before developing a manuscript. Although feature articles that are unrelated to the theme of a given issue will occasionally be published, it is probable that there will often be a long time lapse between acceptance of these types of manuscripts and their publication.

Prospective authors should bear in mind, however, that the RESOURCES section will continue to include essays and reviews about a variety of topics. Authors are welcome to submit resource essays and reviews on topics dealing with any aspect of Asia.

Regardless of the type of article a prospective author is considering submitting, he or she should carefully read the author submission guidelines.

As is the case with all manuscripts, please send electronic versions to the EAA editorial office at

Publication Schedule for Special Sections

WINTER 2019 (24:3) Asian Literature in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
This special section is intended for not only literature courses but a number of other academic disciplines that benefit from the pedagogical inclusion of literature. A few examples of possible topics for the special section include literature and understanding Southeast Asian maritime history, Japanese business novels, Asian primary sources in the humanities, historical fiction and understanding Asia’s past, the Iliad and the Tale of the Heike: a comparison, and Tang Dynasty poetry in world literature courses. The deadline for receipt of manuscripts has now passed.

SPRING 2020 (25:1) Asian Philosophies and Religions*
This special section will include a wide variety of articles and essays on both philosophical and religious traditions commonly associated with Asia, and religions such as Islam and Christianity that have substantially impacted Asia. A significant number of special section articles and essays will focus upon contemporary practices as well as the impact of Asia governments upon the human and civil rights of religious practitioners. Deadline for initial receipt of manuscripts: JANUARY 7, 2020.

*At least two articles on religious festivals and holidays specifically designed for middle school teachers will appear in this special section.

FALL 2020 (25:2) Teaching Asia’s Giants: China
This special section will hopefully include a wide variety of articles and essays suitable for both the humanities and social sciences. Possible topics might include human rights in contemporary China; Chinese technology: past, present, or future; ancient China’s international interactions; western and Chinese views of the “other”; Chinese diasporas and economic development; China’s physical and human geography; and contemporary Chinese-Indian relations. Deadline for initial receipt of manuscripts is APRIL 20, 2020.

WINTER 2020 (25:3) Teaching Asia’s Giants: India
Intended for the humanities and social sciences, example topics for the special section might include Hindu-Muslim relations, the subcontinent and Southeast Asia, India’s democracy: successes and challenges, classical India and the Mediterranean world, comparisons of Indian and Chinese civilizations, the urban and rural dimensions of India’s human geography, and “does caste still matter in contemporary India?” Deadline for initial receipt of manuscripts is AUGUST 1, 2020.

SPRING 2021 (26:1) Asia’s Environments: National, Regional, and Global Perspectives
Hopefully, this special section will include articles and essays that encompass the humanities and the social and natural sciences. Examples of possible articles and essay topics include climate change and Asia, marine debris and Asia, reconciling Asian economic growth and environmental flourishing, Asia-Pacific carbon markets and the environment, an overview of Pan-Asian environmental organizations, the global implications of Asia’s water problems, teaching Asian environmental issues in geography classes, improving air quality in Asia, and Asian environmental history and literature in the classroom. Deadline for initial receipt of manuscripts is NOVEMBER 30, 2020.