The International Journal of Area Studies (IJAS) is an international open access academic English language blind peer review journal devoted to area studies from the humanities and social sciences perspectives (including but not limited to research on history, religion, philosophy, politics, and social processes in the regions of the world). IJAS is a semiannual journal published in March and October with one issue per year devoted to a particular region (currently encompassing Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Northern Europe) and the other issue constructed on a trans-regional basis.

Rationalle

In Western Europe and North America, area studies, understood primarily as encompassing the study of non-European (but also non-West European) societies and their cultures, has long become an established discipline of its own – numerous universities have study programs devoted to it, dozens of research institutes and think tanks host hundreds of researchers conducting research on one or another aspect of it, dozens of specialized academic journals and hundreds of books are being publish annually.

In the formerly Socialist part of Europe, the study of and research on non-European societies and cultures (but also of those in the region itself) is still a new phenomenon with little institutionalization and even less venues for dissemination of research results. Despite this, there is an ever growing pool of indigenous scholars the quality of whose research meets international standards and deserves to be made public to the wider scholarly audience.

In view of these circumstances, the International Journal of Area Studies (IJAS) is projected to facilitate the alleviation of the felt acute lack of representation of research in area studies being conducted, first of all, in Central and Eastern Europe. IJAS is an international open access academic English language blind peer review journal devoted to area studies from the humanities and social sciences perspectives (including but not limited to research on history, religion, philosophy, politics, and social processes in the regions of the world). IJAS is a semiannual journal published in March and October with one issue per year devoted to a particular region (currently encompassing Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Northern Europe) and the other issue constructed on a trans-regional basis.

Though the Journal first of all is aimed at becoming a scholarly outlet for scholars engaged in area (including North European) studies who are based in Central and Eastern Europe, it naturally welcomes contributions by authors residing and working anywhere in the world. In addition, the Journal welcomes texts by aspiring young researchers, including graduate and post-graduate students. Next to texts based on original research, the Journal accepts review articles with in-depth analysis of relevant publications in area studies. Review articles are subject to blind peer review process and are treated as research articles in their own right.

Data

eISSN: 2345-0223
ISSN: 2029–2074
Publisher: De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.;
Online address: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijas;
Established in 2006 as “Regioninės studijos”, changed its scope and name in 2013;
Language of publication: English (special issues may be published in other languages);
Publication frequency: 2 per year; additionally, special issues may be published;
Print run: published online;
Indexed and abstracted: CEEOL;

Editorial board

Aurelijus Zykas (Chief Editor), Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

  • Frank Kraushaar, University of Latvia, Latvia (Chinese studies);
  • Lauri Paltemaa, Turku University, Finland (Chinese studies);
  • Takashi Kitamura, Osaka National University, Japan (Japanese studies);
  • SangGum Li, Pusan National University, South Korea (Korean studies);
  • Egdūnas Račius, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (Middle East studies);
  • Göran Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (Middle East studies);
  • Niels Valdemar Vinding, Copenhagen University, Denmark (Middle East studies);
  • Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska, Warsaw School of Economics (Middle East studies);
  • Mindaugas Jurkynas, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (North European studies);
  • Kjetil Duvold, Center for Baltic and Eastern European Studies / Södertörn University, Sweden (North European studies);
  • K. B. Usha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (North European studies);
  • Šarūnas Paunksnis, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (South Asia studies);
  • Raj Sekhar Basu, University of Calcutta, India (South Asia studies);
  • Jurga Jonutytė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (Sub-Saharan Africa studies);
  • Boniface Nkem Anusiem, Faculty of Arts, University of Abuja, Nigeria (Sub-Saharan Africa studies).

Simona Vasilevskytė (Publications coordinator), Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Advisory board

Sepp Linhart, University of Vienna, Austria
Algis Mickūnas, Ohio University, USA

For authors

IJAS instructions for authors

Contacts

International Journal of Area Studies
Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy
Gedimino 44, LT-44240, Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel./fax.: +370-37-206 709
E-mail: ijas@pmdf.vdu.lt, ijas.academia@gmail.com

Call for papers

Presently, there is no Call for Papers. Please visit this page later for further updates.

Back issues of “Regioninės studijos” (2006-2013)

7. Representation of Japanese Popular Culture in Europe



7This issue focuses on the acceptance of Japanese Popular culture in Europe, which could be considered as one of the most influential factors in constructing the image of Japan from interdisciplinary point of view, in order to examine how have images of Japan been constructed and developed through Japanese Popular Culture Reception in Europe and if they changed or been consistent before and after Japanese popular culture boom in Europe.

Approved for printing: March, 2013

No of Pages: 163

Sponsored by: Japan Foundation

6. The Development of “Japan” in the West



Edited by Dr. K. Koma
The articles of this issue examine the construction and development of Japan’s images in different countries of the West from a diachronic point of view.

Approved for printing: March, 2012

No of Pages: 132

Sponsored by: Japan Foundation

Preface and Contents

5. Baltic region : past and new challenges



The articles of this volume discuss various problems but research area is the same – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia as a case studies or material for comparative analysis. Authors are analyzing forms of citizenship and civil society, issues of national minorities, their images and aspects of integration. Questions of human right protection also are discussed in the volume, as well as peculiarities of Estonian cinema in 1960s or PR functions in universities management.
Approved for printing: 2011
No of Pages: 130
Preface and Contents

4. Japan as Images. Crossing Viewpoints of Europe and Japan



regionines 4 priekinisEdited by Dr. K. Koma
The articles of this issue discuss the images of Japan from the European and Japanese perspectives interdisciplinary and internationaly. They emphasise, on the one hand, that the images of Japan are not simple, but complex, constructed by the accumulation of several historical repeated descriptions of Japan, and, on the another hand, the possibility to analyse them from several points of view.
Approved for printing: March, 2010
No of Pages: 212
Sponsored by: Japan Foundation
Table of Contents
Abstracts of the issue

3. Contemporary Japan from European Perspective



regionines3Edited by Dr. K. Koma
The articles of this volume address different aspects of the perception of contemporary Japan in European countries, focussing on the topics about the European perspective towards contemporary Japanese society, politics, gender, culture, as well as the problems of the credibility of Japan’s image construction in particular European countries.
Approved for printing: April, 2009
No of Pages: 198
Sponsored by: Toshiba International Foundation
Table of Contents
Abstracts of the issue

2. Language, Diversity and Integration in the Enlarged EU. Challenges and Opportunities



regionines_studijos2Edited by Prof. Dr. I. Savickienė
This volume is a result of the conference “Language, Diversity and Integration in the Enlarged EU: Challenges and Opportunities”. It discusses issues such as: what is the interplay between language, diversity and integration following EU enlargement? Has the role of language in practices relating to (the expressions of) ethnicity, nationhood and citizenship changed? How are prevailing ideologies pertaining to cultural and lingustic differences reflected in the public discourse? What is the role of languages in the educational environment? What are the implications of EU enlargement on language and integration?
Approved for printing: December, 2006
No of Pages: 268
Sponsored by: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania

1. Baltijos ir Rytų Azijos regionų studijos: Naujieji transnacionaliniai iššūkiai ir Rytų patirtis



regionines_studijos1Edited by Prof. Dr. I. Savickienė
Leidinyje pristatomi du geografiškai skirtingi regionai. Čia gilinamasi į etninius pokyčius, naujus iššūkius, su kuriais pastaruoju metu susiduria Baltijos jūros regionas, o taip pat pažvelgiama į geografiškai atskirtą, – Rytų Azijos regioną, mąstantį kitomis kategorijomis, susiduriantį su kitomis problemomis. Paliečiamas ir abiejų regionų tarpusavio pažinimo aspektas, nagrinėjamos jų komunikacijos galimybės, specifika.
Approved for printing: June, 2006
No of Pages: 216
Table of contents