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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.


Collaborative Colloquium on 24 November

  • The next collaborative colloquium will be on the topic of "Ideas of the 'Arab World' in Indonesia", where Mirjam Lücking will present the preliminary results of her research
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Methodology Workshop on 5 and 6 December

  • Markus Siewert and Jonas Buche from Goethe University Frankfurt will hold a workshop on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
  • More information...
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FRIAS Research Focus Fellowships on 'Dynamic Alignment and De-Alignment in Global Southeast Asia' in the Winter and Summer Term 2014/2015

  • Starting in October, FRIAS is sponsoring five internal fellows as well as two external fellows as a part of their current FRIAS Research Focus
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Fellowship: Marcus Mietzner at Southeast Asian Studies from November 2014

  • From November 2014 until March 2015, Marcus Mietzner will be a guest fellow in Freiburg on the subject of 'Localizing Democracy in Indonesia'


An overview of all publications is available here.


Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies


More than Remittances: Resisting the Dominant Discourse and Policy Prescriptions of the Global 'Migration-Development-Mantra'

  • Authors: Piper Nicola; Rother, Stefan
  • Journal für Entwicklungspolitik/Journal for Development Policy , 30 (1), 44–66
  • Journal Website
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Special Issue: Context, Concepts and Comparison in Southeast Asian Studies

  • Author: Mikko Huotari, Jürgen Rüland (Eds.)
  • Pacific Affairs, 2014
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Religion Tradition and the Popular, Transcultural Views from Asia and Europe

  • Author: Judith Schlehe & Evamaria Sandkühler (Eds.)
  • Transcript Press, 2013
  • Publisher Website


An overview of all media reports is available here.


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


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


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


Development and Cooperation: Stefan Rother on the Global Forum on Migration and Development

External news

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


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