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Grounding Area Studies in Social Practice

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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.

SEA-Talks 2014: Conference by Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe
  • Conference on "Student Mobility and Knowledge Migration: Indonesia as Cultural Agents."

    7 April 2017, 2-4pm

  • At Universitas Gadjah Mada, Cente of Southeast Asian Social Studies, Indonesia

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FRIAS Author Workshop 27-28th April 2017
  • Challenging State Sovereignty in the Age of Migration: A multi-level approach to Southeast and East Asian migration
  • More information...
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Methods Workshop on 21 April 2017
  • The Chair of International Politics, in cooperation with Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg and the Center for Transcultural Asian Studies (CETRAS) is organizing a Methods Workshop on 21 April, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Researchers, PhD students and interested students may register until 7 April.
  • More information...
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Fieldwork Training: From Tandem to Teamwork
  • A Training Model for Fieldresearch Across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries
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An overview of all publications is available here.

journal of ethnic and migration studies

Indonesian migrant domestic workers in transnational political spaces: agency, gender roles and social class formation

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Taxing Times in Indonesia: The Challenge of Restoring Competitiveness and the Search for Fiscal Space

  • Authors: Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Günther G. Schulze
  • Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 2016
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The impact of fiscal and political decentralization on local public investment in Indonesia

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Continuity under Change in Dayak Societies


An overview of all media reports is available here.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: Prof. Jürgen Rüland on the conflict concerning the Spratly-Islands

Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle: Prof. Jürgen Rüland talked to DW about the labour situation in SEA

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Jakarta Post: Prof. Günther Schulze on Indonesia - protectionism complicates poverty alleviation:

  • Authors: Anton Hermansyah & Marguerite Afra Sapiie
  • 17th of September 2016
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Frankfurter Rundschau: Dr. Stefan Rother talked to FR about migration politics

External news

⇨ Please visit this page for the full list of external academic news related to Southeast Asia...



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