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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

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Guest Lecture: Stefan Rother at the National University of Singapore, August 7th

  • On August 7th, Mr. Rother will speak at the Asia Research Institute on 'The Space for Southeast Asian Migrants’ Rights Activists in the Global Governance of Migration'
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Event: Collaborative Colloquium on July 21st

  • "New Southeast Asian Nationalism" will be the subject of this Collaborative Colloquium on July 21st from 4 to 6 pm at the Institute of Ethnology
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Call for Papers: Translocal Spatial Practices, Urban Transformations: Migration and Mobile Urbanism in South and South-East Asia

  • The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies will host an interdisciplinary workshop from 14 to 16 January 2015.

Publication: Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies edited by Mikko Huotari, Jürgen Rüland and Judith Schlehe

  • We are proud to announce the forthcoming publication of the Compendium "Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies" The book will be published on July 23rd, 2014
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An overview of all publications is available here.

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


Religion Tradition and the Popular, Transcultural Views from Asia and Europe

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

Political Budget Cycles in Indonesia at the District Level

  • Authors: Bambang Suharnoko Sjahrir, Krisztina Kis-Katos & Günther G. Schulze
  • Asian-Pacific Economic Letters, Vol. 120, No. 2: 342-345
  • Journal Website
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World Economics

Administrative overspending in Indonesian districts: The role of local politics


An overview of all media reports is available here.


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


Asia Talk Weingarten: Report on the annual conference on Asia from 8-11 November, 2013; Theme: Civil Society and Democracy in Asia

External news

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