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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.


Lecture by Prof. Rüland at the University of Indonesia

  • On Wednesday, 11 March, Prof. Rüland will hold a lecture on ASEAN and Indonesian Foreign Policy at the University of Indonesia
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Seminar on Jokowi's Indonesia on 27 February

  • Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg, the FRIAS Research Group on Southeast Asia in cooperation with the Center for Transcultural Asian Studies (CETRAS) are organizing a seminar looking back at the first four months of the Jokowi presidency.
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FRIAS Colloquium with Judith Schlehe on 16 February

  • Prof. Schlehe will present her research on “Indonesian Alumni from the Middle East: Alignments and Dealignments”

Lecture on Political Freedom in Southeast Asia and Screening of "The Act of Killing" at Kommunales Kino

  • On 18 February, there will both be a lecture to accompany an exhibition at KoKi as well as a screening of Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed film.
  • Both events will be held in German.
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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


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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