Almost perfect


from Press News, posted 09/28/2011 - 11:09

 NIAS Press has been visible at a number of conferences since the giant ICAS–AAS conference in Honolulu just before Easter. Most significant was the annual meeting of ASEASUK (the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom), held in perfect autumn weather at Magdalene College in Cambridge earlier this month.

At the conference, NIAS Press hosted a book exhibition by 18 different presses publishing in Asian studies. This was a huge hassle to organise beforehand (like trying to herd cats into water, as my old colleague Marie Lenstrup would say) but the whole thing went off well. Conference-goers were happy with the vastly expanded selection of books about Southeast Asia on display (and certainly we were not unhappy with the sales either).

As always, this premier Southeast Asian studies conference in Europe for 2011 allowed us not only to present our books but also meet up with old friends and new. Different book ideas were floated; some may materialise as books at a future date.

Terry King and Annabel Vallard

Such is the conference life of academic publishers – future hope but (ideally) cool cash in the pocket right now.

During quiet moments at ASEASUK, we also planned to film interviews with five of our authors, these to be added to our ‘YouTube collection’ (like this one filmed at the AAS earlier this year). Unfortunately, in all cases, mysteriously the interviews fell through – delayed but not forgotten (a hint to each and all of you).


 

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