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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 two topics:

1. Democratization and Institutional Change in South East Asia

2. Modes of World-Making in South East Asia (Associated Research Project funded by DFG)

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The University of Freiburg´s research group of Southeast Asia was presented with an institutional panel at the 2nd Philippine International Studies Organization´s (PHISO) Conference.

  • The Conference on "Re-Thinking Regions in Global International Relations" took place in Davao City, Philippines, 23-24 March 2018.
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Jürgen Rüland spoke at the City University of Hong Kong´s Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) on 19 March 2018.
  • He gave a speech about "The Indonesian Way. ASEAN, Europeanization and Foreign Policy Debates in a New Democracy".

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Anna Fünfgeld and Lukas Maximilian Müller are currently visiting Scholars at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta.
  • Both are conducting research on their respective PhD theses in Indonesia in Spring 2018
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Günther Schulze and Gerrit Gonschorek gave a talk at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, 21-22 March

  • The topic of the conference was "The Indonesian Economy under Jokowi: A New Developement Model?" Schulze and Gonschorek spoke on Indonesia's fiscal transfer system
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An overview of all publications is available here.


Angry birds of passage - migrant rights networks and counter-hegemonic resistance to global migration discourses

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The Indonesian Way: ASEAN, Europeanization, and Foreign Policy Debates in a New Democracy.


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

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