Asian Highlands Perspectives

Asian Highlands Perspectives (AHP) is a trans-disciplinary journal focusing on the Tibetan Plateau and surrounding regions, including the Southeast Asian Massif, Himalayan Massif, the Extended Eastern Himalayas, the Mongolian Plateau, and other contiguous areas. Cross-regional commonalities in history, culture, language, and socio-political context invite investigations of an interdisciplinary nature not served by current academic forums. AHP contributes to the regional research agendas of Sinologists, Tibetologists, Mongolists, and South and Southeast Asianists, while also forwarding theoretical discourse on grounded theory, interdisciplinary studies, and collaborative scholarship. 

AHP publishes occasional monographs and essay collections both in hardcopy (ISSN 1835-7741) and online (ISSN 1925-6329). The online version is an open access source, freely available at: The at-cost print edition of the journal is available through print on demand publisher at The journal currently has a core editorial team of five members and a consultative editorial board of twenty-five experts from various disciplines. All submissions to the journal are peer-reviewed by the editorial board and independent, anonymous assessors. 

AHP welcomes submissions from a wide range of scholars with an interest in the area. Given the dearth of current knowledge on this culturally complex area, we encourage submissions of descriptive accounts of local realities – especially by authors from communities in the Asian Highlands – as well as theory-oriented articles. We publish items of irregular format – long articles, short monographs, photo essays, fiction, auto-ethnography, etc. Authors receive a PDF version of their published work. Potential contributors are encouraged to consult previous issues.

Editorial Board: Andrew Smith, Arizona State University, a.smith [at]; Barbara Brower, Portland State University, browerb [at]; Bianca Horlemann, Humboldt University, Bianca bianca.horlemann [at]; Bill Bleisch, China Exploration & Research Society, billbleisch [at]; Charlene Makley Reed College, charlene.makley [at]; Daniel Berounský, Charles University, danberounsky [at]; Daniel Miller, US AID, damiller [at]; Emily Yeh, University of Colorado, Emily.Yeh [at]; Fernandaa Pirie, University of Oxford, fernanda.pirie [at]; Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University, SamuelG [at]; Gray Tuttle, Columbia University,  gwt2102 [at]; Hildegard Diemberger, University of Cambridge, hgmd2 [at]; Huadan Zhaxi (Dpal ldan bkra shis དཔལ་ལྡན་བཀྲ་ཤིས), Humboldt University, rghuadan [at]; Jermay Jamsu ('Gyur med rgya mtsho འགྱུར་མེད་རྒྱ་མཚོ), Independent Scholar, fj28 [at]; Juha Janhunen, University of Helsinki, asiemajeure [at]; Katherine Morton, Australian National University, katherine.morton [at]; Keith Dede, Lewis and Clark College, dede [at]; Keith Slater, SIL International, East Asia Group and University of North Dakota, keith_slater [at]; Mark Bender, The Ohio State University, bender.4 [at]; Mark Turin, University of British Columbia, mark.turin [at]; Paul K Nietupski, John Carroll University, pnietupski [at]; Sarah E Fraser, Northwestern University, sarah.fraser [at]; Sienna Craig, Dartmouth College, sienna.r.craig [at]; Toni Huber, Humbolt University tonihuber [at]; and Veronika Zikmundova, Charles University, avanek2000 [at]

Peer Review: All articles for the annual volume of collected papers receive double-blind peer review. Other volumes are subject to in-house review by journal editors, in consultation with members of the editorial board.

Open Access and Publishing Fees: AHP is a green, self-published, open access journal; we do not charge publishing fees. Contributing authors are free to self-archive and disseminate their work. All works published in AHP are subject to a Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. See for more information.

Contact: ahpjournal [at], ThurstonT [at], or

Timothy Thurston, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 520 Washing, D.C. 20013-7012


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