for the January 2022 Special issue of the journal Asian Studies, entitled: "CRISIS AS DANGER AND AS HOPE - COVID-19 IN ASIA"

The January 2022 issue of the journal Asian Studies is devoted to the investigation of the causes, effects, and ethical and ideological implications of the COVID -19 pandemic in Asia, particularly in East and South-East Asia. COVID -19 has had a dramatic impact on global societies. There have been enormous changes in the economy, lifestyles, education, culture, and many other aspects of social life. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed societies, cultures, organizations, infrastructures, and many social services into a completely new reality.

In this respect, the pandemic COVID -19 is without doubt one of the crises of global proportions. Therefore, the whole of humanity should try to find a strategic solution to this crisis, and to this end, the importance of intercultural dialog is manifested in a particularly clear and unambiguous way.

Indeed, we are convinced that the agenda of intercultural dialogues must play a significant role in the farming of a new transcultural arrangement that could enable us to create new models of social cooperation and connections not only within specific societies and cultures but also across national and ethnic boundaries. It is, therefore, no coincidence that the need for such intercultural dialog has become even more evident during the global pandemic COVID -19.

The first major spread of the coronavirus has begun in China. On the other hand, it must also be noted that the societies of East and Southeast Asia have coped with the pandemic more efficiently than most countries in Europe and America. Consequently, these facts give rise to several important research questions that can be examined from different perspectives within the framework of Asian studies in the social sciences and humanities. In this respect, however, we are interested not only in providing answers to many questions that arose during the period of global pandemics but also in raising and opening up the right questions that could guide us through our common global future.

We invite you to submit contributions on this topic and to join forces and communicate your research findings, presented in empirical, theoretical, or review articles on the impact of COVID-19 on Asian societies and on intercultural dialogues with them. We are also interested in contributions that address various questions about how COVID -19 has influenced the lives of Asian people. Comparative investigations are especially welcome for they can provide us with new opportunities to look at the changes we are all deeply involved in from a wider perspective.  

Please kindly submit your contribution via this vebsite. if you have any further questions about this special issue, please contact the editor-in-chief, Jana S. Rošker at

Publication timeline:

Submission deadline: June 30, 2021

Online publication: January 20, 2022

Printed issue: January 30, 2022



    The September 2022 and January 2023 issues of Asian Studies (i.e., Volume 10, Issue 3, and Volume 11, Issue 1) will address problems and developments in the methodology of (post)comparative approaches in transcultural philosophical dialogues between Asia and Europe. This double special issue is entitled Transcultural (Post)Comparative Philosophy, Part 1 and Part 2, respectively.

    The first part, which will appear in the September 2022 issue, focuses on methodological issues and innovative approaches, and seeks to suggest new ways of engaging with transcultural philosophy. Its subtitle will therefore be Methods and Approaches, and it will address the relationship between Asian and global philosophy, issues of language and thought in transcultural perspective, and theories of transcultural and (post)comparative approaches.

    The second part, to be published in January 2023, will deal with more concrete examples, contrastively analyzing philosophers, theories, methods, and exchanges between Asian and European philosophical discourse. The tentative subtitle is Philosophical Dialogues between Asia and Europe: from Plotinus to Heidegger and Beyond.

    While the CFP for Volume 10, Issue 3 has already been closed, here is the schedule for the publication of the second part of the special issue on Transcultural (Post)Comparative Philosophy:


    Submission deadline: July 1, 2022.

    Online publication: January 20, 2023.

    Printed issue: January 30, 2023.


    We look forward to receiving your submissions!

    The Editorial Board of Asian Studies