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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

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Weingartener Asiengespräche 2017

  • Invitation to the yearly conference on Asia hosted by the academy of the diocese Rottenburg/Stuttgart, 3-5 November, Weingarten. Among others Jürgen Rüland, Christian von Lübke, Stefan Rother, Arndt Michael, and Lukas Müller will speak.
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Jürgen Rüland and Christian von Lübke spoke at a workshop at the University of Mannheim, 9-10 October 2017.
  • They presented a paper on “Conflict Transformation and Religious Actors: A Comparative Analysis of Indonesia and the Philippines”

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Invitation to the GGE Lectures Winter course 2017/18
  • During the winter course there will be a series of lectures hosted by the GGE Freiburg, for more information see programe below.
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Prof. Schlehe was invited by the World Class Professor Program to speak in Yogyakarta
  • Prof. Schlehe was invited in September 2017 to visit the Center of Southeast Asian Social Studies at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. The invitation was funded by the “World Class Professor Program” of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia. 
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An overview of all publications is available here.

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Cooperation is What India Makes of it - A Normative Inquiry into the Origins and Development of Regional Cooperation in South Asia and the Indian Ocean

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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


The Politics of Securitization in Democratic Indonesia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


An overview of all media reports is available here.


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

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Badische Zeitung:  Christian von Lübke explains the result of the governor election in Jakarta

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

  • Authors: Anton Hermansyah & Marguerite Afra Sapiie
  • 17th of September 2016
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Badische Zeitung: Jürgen Rüland on 50 years of Asean

External news

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



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