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Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse

Posted by on Friday, 6 May, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Filed under: News, Profiles

Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse is published once a year by Universiti Sains Malaysia. All eight issues (dating to 2002) are available to the public online in PDF format here. It is a truly wonderful resource for all students, scholars and researchers of Malaysian art. Amongst some of the great articles are:

  • Public Art in the Federal Territory of Putrajaya: Questions of Value and Role by Muhizam Mustafa (2009)
  • Towards Fusion: New Trends in Hindustani Sitar Music in Malaysia by Pravina Manoharan (2008)
  • The Key Concepts and Elements of Installation Art by Tengku Azhari Tengku Azizan (2007)
  • Trance dalam kuda Kepang Mabuk (KKM) : Suatu Manefistasi Simbolik Perjalanan Kerohanian oleh Mohd Kipli Abdul Rahman (2006)
  • Idiosyncracy P.Ramlee dalam Genre Filem Komedi by Khairul Aidil Azlin Abdul Rahman & Nur Afifah Vanitha Abdullah (2005)
  • The Iban Pantun – Poetry and Song by Patricia Matusky (2004)
  • Women and Modernity in Malay Television Drama : A Case Study of ‘Azlina’ by Shakila Manan (2003)
  • Pendidikan Pendalangan di dalam Wayang Kulit Kelantan oleh Jamaludin Osman (2002)
  • Pengajaran Pendidikan Seni Visual Sekolah Menengah: Kecenderungan dan Kerelevan Memenuhi Hasrat Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan oleh Mat Desa Mat Rodzi (2002)

And many more. This is the kind of sharing the Internet was made for. Be sure to check it out!

In addition to text, each issue of Wacana Seni also includes submitted artworks on print, such as this one by photographer Ismail Hashim. (Wacana Seni, Volume 4, 2005)


Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse is a refereed journal of the School of Arts, published by Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, is for the advancement of scholarly knowledge about the arts in Malaysia and Asia. The journal publishes articles and reviews of books, recordings, exhibitions, and performances from different points of view with approaches from various disciplines.

The Editorial Board is drawn from staff members of the University. The Board is assisted by panel of distinguished scholars from local and foreign universities.

The journal has a bilingual publishing policy (Bahasa Malaysia and English) and is published once a year. Wacana Seni is accepted and will be indexed in Scopus and listed in ERA Ranked Journal List.

Wacana Seni is currently headed by a new Chief Editor Assoc. Prof. Hasnul Jamal Saidon with the following line up of editorial.

Editorial members:

  1. Assoc. Prof. Shanti Balraj, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  2. Dr. Mohd. Kipli A. Rahman, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  3. Dr. Mumtaz P.V. Aboo Backer, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  4. Dr. Jason Tye Kong-Chiang, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  5. Dr. Sarena Abdullah, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  6. Dr. Muhizam Mustaffa, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  7. En. Safrizal Shahir, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia

We are pleased to announce that commencing 20 April 2011 onwards, Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse will use ScholarOne Manuscripts, a web based system for the submission and reviewing processes of articles. This is the web based system used by many leading publishers. Essentially, the system will handle all major steps involved in the publication of articles and these include submissions, selection of reviewers, reviewing processes, feedback to authors, etc.

Researchers interested in submitting their papers must first register at the website at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wacanaseni. Please take note that all manuscripts submitted via the online submission system will only be considered for publication.

Meanwhile for further inquiries please email to:

Chief Editor: dir_muzium AT usm DOT my / wseni AT usm DOT my
Nor Laila: nor_laila AT usm DOT my
Safinawati: safinawati AT usm DOT my

Feng Shui – graphic by Chua Lee Eang (Wacana Seni, Volume 1, 2002)

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