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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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FRIAS Lunch Lecture on Thursday, 21 May

  • The presentation of "Presidential Government and Party System Fragmentation in Indonesia" will be given by Dr. Dirk Tomsa, Political Science, La Trobe University

Invitation for SEA Collaborative Colloquium in this summer term

  • Participants can meet every month and share ideas on thematic issues of mutual interest: conceptualizations of Asia, the West, the Islamic world, etc.
  • More information...
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FRIAS Lunch Lecture on Thursday, 07 May

  • The presentation "The Javanese in Southeast Sulawesi, c. 1930 - 2014" will be given by Dr. Agus Suwignyo, History, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta
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Public Debate on "Researching Regionalism. The Case of ASEAN: Harmonizing Migration Policy"

  • On 4 May, Dr. Stefan Rother will participate in a public debate at the Office of United Nations and International Organizations, Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs 
  • More information...


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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Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies


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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