Call for Papers – Misplaced Democracy (2nd Edition)

Misplaced Democracy coverLaunched in 2014, “Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People” has made an important contribution to the study of Malaysian politics and society. Published in the wake of the 13th General Election it spoke not only to researchers and scholars of Malaysia but also to activists and others interested to understand the wider dynamics at work during that period.

Bringing together fifteen researchers from around the world it enabled interdisciplinary research in fields as diverse as political economy, urban studies, film studies and international relations, and produced a series of papers which made groundbreaking contributions to their field, on topics such as political gangsterism, piracy, Islamic law, Malaysian literature and FELDA and Malaysian land policy. All papers were also accompanied by the cartoons of Malaysia’s premier free speech artist Zunar.

Yet with all of the developments since 2014 SIRD is now looking to release an updated and revised edition which can speak to Malaysia’s current political situation, trace the developments from the release of Misplaced Democracy to the present and contribute research to overlooked areas of Malaysian politics and society.

In particular we are looking for contributions in the following areas:

  • Malaysian Media
  • Social and Health Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Failures and successes of Malaysian Democratization in a historical perspective
  • LGBT rights
  • Economic Crisis and Stagnation
  • Malaysian Arts
  • International Relations
  • Environmental issues
  • Constitutional History
  • Malaysian Indigenous and ethnic minorities in general
  • Tourism, Agriculture and Land Policies

Submissions Procedure:

To submit your work for consideration please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words to editor Sophie Lemiere at alongside a short Bio and a copy of your CV by 30th June 2016. The editor will then make final selections by mid to late July.

Once accepted the final deadline for paper submissions will be October  16th 2016, with publication of the volume scheduled for early 2017. Our aim will be to publish in Malaysia with the Strategic Information and Research Development Centre and internationally with a reputable university publisher.

Early career PhD and PhD candidates are welcome to apply, as well as policy-makers and civil society activists.

Papers should be submitted in the following format:

  • Of no more than 5,000 words
  • Avoiding academic jargon yet showing awareness of contemporary  and classic academic literature
  • Solidly grounded in recent empirical research
  • In Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • Using British spelling and punctuation
  • In font Times New Roman size 12, without any formatting.
  • Using Harvard Referencing Style


The Editor

sophielemiereSophie Lemiere is currently an Associate Researcher at the Middle-East Directions Program and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Sophie is working on questions related to democratization, civil society and their relationship to political parties in Tunisia and Malaysia. She also looks at the evolution of the discourse and practices of Islamist Parties in a comparative perspective. Her PhD manuscript on Gangs and Politics in Malaysia will be published in 2017. Before this she was a research associate at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and then an affiliated Junior Researcher at the Asian Research Institute (ARI-NUS). Sophie has been a visiting fellow at the University of Sidney, Cornell, UC Berkley and Columbia. She received her Masters and PhD from Sciences-Po, Paris and has specialised in Malaysian Politics since 2006.

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