Call for Chapters: Comparative Racialisations in Southeast Asia

We are assembling a collection of essays that will together outline a critical and comparative history of research into human difference in Southeast Asia, revealing the entanglement of scientific investigations with colonialism, nationalism, regionalism, and their contraries. This work will discuss how race science and racial imagery more generally came to coalesce around certain ethnic figures, and how they were made to do colonial and national work in the region, especially from a comparative perspective.

We are especially seeking historical essays on Thailand and Myanmar/Burma, but we also welcome chapter proposals on other regions of mainland SE Asia. Should the proposal be accepted, we would expect a completed chapter for review by August 31, 2019.

By November 15 please submit your CV and an abstract (approximately 300 words) to Professor Warwick Anderson at and/or Dr. Ricardo Roque at A proposal for this edited volume is currently under review by a major international publisher.

Professor Warwick Anderson, MD PhD
Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair of Australian Studies
Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
1 Oxford St. SC371
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA