Call for Papers – ASEAS 7(1) – Conflict Dynamics & Transformations

Call for Papers

ASEAS 7(1) – Conflict Dynamics & Transformations

The upcoming issue 7(1) of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) will feature a focus on “Conflict Dynamics and Transformations in South-East Asia” and aims at bringing together researchers from various academic fields in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of this complex topic. In a broader perspective, the term “conflict” refers to the expression of opposing interests that shape complex societal negotiation processes. Although the mode of procedural conflict resolution through legitimate institutions is usually deemed most desirable, the post-colonial states of South-East Asia are still the arena of a significant number of intra-state conflicts that have been carried out violently, some for decades. On the other hand, during the last decade, South-East Asian governments have increasingly started to move from military conflict resolution approaches towards politically negotiated resolutions. To understand these dynamics and assess their implications for future developments in the region, ASEAS welcomes submissions on methodological and theoretical approaches to conflict studies as well as empirical research that illustrate recent trajectories of conflict dynamics and transformations in South-East Asia.


If you intend to submit a paper, please contact the editorial board (, as this facilitates our planning process. Submissions dealing with one or several of the following issues are of special interest to the board of editors:


  • Theoretical debates on conflict resolution

  • Methodological challenges for empirical research in conflict-affected areas

  • Methodological contributions to the field: methods to understand root causes of conflicts, the interests and intentions of actors, and the transformation of conflicts from arms to politics

  • Studies in decentralization politics, their impact on center-periphery relations, and their contribution to conflict resolution

  • (Comparative) analyses of autonomy regulations and their impact on conflict dynamics, transformations, and resolutions

  • Interethnic and interreligious conflicts

  • Resource and environmental conflicts

  • Gender relations in conflict-affected and post-conflict areas

  • Transnational dimensions of local conflicts

  • The role of the ASEAN and other international organizations in conflict resolution approaches and mechanisms

  • Truth and reconciliation processes and their institutionalization

  • Local institutions of conflict mediation, regulation, and resolution

 Guest Editor



Gunnar Stange is research associate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ at Goethe-University, Frankfurt/ Main, Germany. His research interests lie in local conflicts, identity politics and development processes in South-East Asia, especially in Indonesia. He has worked in different development projects in Indonesia and Mozambique and has taught at the universities of Passau, Vienna, and Frankfurt. His PhD research project deals with political transformation and identity politics in post-conflict Aceh, Indonesia.




Deadline for Submissions

15 December 2013. 

Please submit online only – follow the link at the bottom of the Submission Guidelines Page!

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