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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.


FRIAS Lunch Lecture with Stefan Rother on 18 December

  • From 12:15 to 13:00, Stefan Rother will speak on "The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and a rights-based approach to labour migration"
  • The lecture will take place at HS 3042 (KG III)
  • More information...
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Visit of DAAD-sponsored Indonesian delegation

  • On 12 December, a delegation of university and think tank scholars are visiting the University of Freiburg. The program is organized by the FRIAS Research Focus and includes presentations by Prof. Rüland, Prof. Schulze and Prof. Mietzner
  • More information...

Movie Screening and next Collaborative Colloquium

  • On 11 December, Collaborative Colloquium, in collaboration with Kommunales Kino, will screen "To Singapore with Love"
  • The next Collaborative Colloquium will take place on 12 January
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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.


Alternative Regionalism from Below: Democratizing ASEAN’s Migration Governance

  • Authors: Piper Nicola; Rother, Stefan
  • International Migration, 52 (6)
  • Journal Website
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ASEAN Civil Society under the Myanmar Chairmanship

  • Author: Stefan Rother
  • GIGA Focus 10
  • Website

Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies

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Special Issue: Context, Concepts and Comparison in Southeast Asian Studies

  • Author: Mikko Huotari, Jürgen Rüland (Eds.)
  • Pacific Affairs, 2014
  • Journal Website


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

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


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