Hello ASEAS members and supporters!
I’d like to welcome you all to the relaunch of the ASEAS blog, as I take up the mantle of Blog Editor 2022/23. My name is Thomas E Kingston and I’m currently a Berkeley Fellow in South & Southeast Asian Studies and a PhD student in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley (if you want to know more about me you can check out my site here).
It’s an honour to be invited into this role in an era when this form of communication and information dissemination is so vital for reaching wider audiences (and this is a topic I’ll be talking about at the ASEAS conference on September 9th).
ASEAS is all about creating networks and my aim is for the blog to reflect this, whether that means highlighting research & publications from existing members, sharing experiences relating to entering or progressing in the field or acting as a way to reach out to potential members.
With that in mind, expect the above, alongside a range of projects such as the return of carefully curated book reviews, interviews with leading figures in the field, promotion of events and news that may be of interest and much more!
Crucially though this blog is only worth doing if *you* the reader finds it useful, so thanks to the broad freedoms I’ve been given in terms of blog direction, the comments below will be checked regularly if you have any suggestions.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming ASEAS Conference, a roundup of which will be published on the blog with our first book review coming very soon after.