Brill and KITLV publish 100 volumes in Open Access on Southeast Asia

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, and KITLV, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, make the first 100 volumes of the renowned book series the ‘Verhandelingen’, or VKI, available in open access. The books were originally published between 1938 and 1986, and provide an indispensable research collection on Southeast Asia, and especially Indonesia.

VKI is the longest running series of monographs and edited volumes on the humanities and social sciences of Southeast Asia. To date almost 300 volumes have been published by internationally renowned scholars. The series is currently being edited by Rosemarijn Hoefte (KITLV, Leiden) and Henk Schulte Nordholt (KITLV, Leiden). Its publications include classics in the field as well as cutting-edge modern scholarship. Informed by theoretical debates the volumes have a strong empirical orientation, thus providing the series with a lasting relevance.

The 100 volumes are available free of charge under a CC-BY-NC license on the Brill Books and Journals platform. The titles are clustered as VKI E-Book Collection, Vols. 1-100. Customers may purchase a personal paperback for 25 Euro/25 Dollars via Brill’s MyBook program, provided the technical specifications of the original publication allows this.

This project was funded by KITLV. For further information about this press release please contact Jasmin Lange, Brill Project Manager Business Development ([email protected]).

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, BRILL is a leading international academic publisher in the fields of Ancient Near East and Egypt, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, contemporary History and History of War studies, Biblical and Religious Studies, Slavic Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, Human Rights and Public International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston, BRILL today publishes more than 175 journals and around 600 new books and reference works each year. All publications are available in both print and electronic form. BRILL also markets a large number of research collections and databases with primary source material. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. BRILL is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit

KITLV aims to be a world-class research institute for the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with a focus on Indonesia and the ‘Dutch’ Caribbean, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. Benefitting from the unrivalled collections offered on campus by Leiden University, KITLV researchers explore (dis)continuities between the (pre)colonial and postcolonial period, and articulate their research agendas empirically and theoretically in order to advance wider debates on the meandering paths of globalization. KITLV engages with the academic community across the world, as well as with (inter)national governmental organizations, NGOs, the media, and the interested general public. KITLV is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). For further information please visit

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