The Newsletter 56 Spring 2011

KITLV series: Deep roots, new shoots

KITLV PRESS HAS A TRADITION of publishing several series, some old and trusted, some brand new. It is KITLV’s two newest series that merit some elaboration. KITLV’s bestknown series is Verhandelingen, commonly abbreviated as VKI (Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde), which has existed since 1938. In 2010 we published its 267th volume. Verhandelingen is a heterogeneous series, for the word ‘Verhandelingen’ indicates any serious, scholarly monograph. Despite the range of books that could appear in a series of that name, there is one common, geographical, factor binding the diverse titles: all are about Indonesia. Moreover, a glance through the catalogue soon reveals certain tendencies within this series, books with related subjects that might be grouped into families: books on linguistics, books about the arts (theatre, literature), books about religion, books with a colonial bent and books concerned with the post-colonial state, books with a basis in economics and others with an anthropological concentration.