Photo: Jaap Kunst Collection, University of Amsterdam – Correspondence to Kunst by a member of the Javanese nobility in Javanese script.

DeCoSEAS facilitates scholars from Southeast Asia in accessing established publication channels, thus transferring agency to them in knowledge formations about their heritage in their capacity as researchers, authors, and editors. These efforts also serve the academic dissemination of DeCoSEAS’ research findings, encompassing its research of the archival corpora and its rethinking of curatorial practices.

Access to globally normative publication channels (established journals, publishing houses, conferences) remains difficult for Southeast Asian scholars due to language constraints, a lack of opportunities to attend conferences, and incompatibility of scientific paradigms. These access hurdles have far-reaching theoretical implications for how knowledge is constituted as power.

DeCoSEAS experiments with collective and/or dialogical modes of writing, multimedia presentations on the digital platforms and the direct inclusion of non-academic expert knowledge, potentially bringing in new perspectives towards the curation, provision and employment of (sonic) cultural heritage.

DeCoSEAS Publications:

Joint Publications:

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Academic Publications:

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Research Output by DeCoSEAS Fellows:


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