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Grounding Area Studies in Social Practice


The University of Freiburg pursues an interdisciplinary concept of research on Southeast Asia. The disciplines involved include Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Economics and Asian History. Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg build on interdisciplinary and internationalized research and teaching. All other program components such as methodology training, regional networking, the graduate program, the alumni program and knowledge transfer are closely linked with the research core
(more ... ). Research in this project focuses on three topics:

1. Democratization and institutional change in SE Asia
2. Beyond Occidentalism: Concepts of the West in Asia
    (Associated project sponsored by DFG)
3. Dynamics of Sinicization and Chineseness in Southeast Asia

News & Events

⇨ A list of all project news is a available here. Please subscribe to the rss2.jpg RSS-Newsfeed  to stay updated.

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Conference Report now available 

  • The Conference Report on the FRIAS Conference "Dynamic Alignments and Dealignments in Global Southeast Asia" is now available 
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Freiburger Horizonte: Towards a Pacific World Order?

  • On November 18, FRIAS will host a Panel Discussion on "Towards a Pacific World Order?" as part of the lecture series "Freiburger Horizonte"
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Jürgen Rüland will hold a lecture at SOAS

  • Jürgen Rüland will hold a lecture on "Democratizing Foreign Policymaking in Indonesia and the Democratization of ASEAN: A Role Theory Analysis" at the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of London on November 9
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Fall School in Empirical Research Methods 29 - 31 October 2015

  • Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg University is convening a methodology school on empirical research methods 
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An overview of all publications is available here.

Asean as an Actor in International Fora

ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora


Alternative Regionalism from Below: Democratizing ASEAN’s Migration Governance

  • Author: Piper Nicola; Rother, Stefan
  • International Migration, 52 (6)
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Poverty, Labour Markets and Trade Liberalization in Indonesia


Special Issue: Context, Concepts and Comparison in Southeast Asian Studies

  • Author: Mikko Huotari, Jürgen Rüland (Eds.)
  • Pacific Affairs, 2014
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An overview of all media reports is available here.


TedX Stuttgart: Krisztina Kis-Katos on Globalization and the poor


Radio Dreyeckland: Anna Fünfgeld interviews Yandry Kuniawan on the election of Jokowi in Indonesia


Quote by Marcus Mietzner on the recent election of Jokowi in Indonesia


Dagens Arena: Stefan Rother on the Global Forum on Migration and Development

External news

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