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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 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.

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Workshop: Political, social, and economic migrant remittances: content, social networks, and impacts

  • Stefan Rother will participate in a workshop at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He will present a paper on “Democratic Remittances: Mapping out a Multilayered Perspective” and participate as discussant in a “Methodological roundtable”.
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Colloquium Politicum: Mark Thompson will speak in Freiburg, 18th July

  • Mark Thompson will be talking about "Democracy and Discontents in Southeast Asia"
  • More information...
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Collaborative Colloquium 

  • New program for the Collaborative Colloquium of  the Southeast Asian Study group now available
  • More information...

Workshop "In Making Indonesia Internationally Competitive"   

  • Günther Schulze spoke at a workshop in Bali organized by the Universitas Indonesia and ERIA, 25-26 June
  • More information...


An overview of all publications is available here.

Asean as an Actor in International Fora

ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora. Reality, Potential and Constraints

Rother Democratization through Migration

Demorcatization through Migration? Remittances and Participation of Philippine Return Migrants

Journal of developemental economics

Poverty, Labour Markets and Trade Liberalization in Indonesia

Third World Quarterly

Why (most) Indonesian businesses fear the ASEAN Economic Community


An overview of all media reports is available here.


Wohlstand für Alle

  • Süddeutsche Zeitung | Stefan Rother über Wohlstand für alle, Flüchtlinge und Migration
  • More information...
Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle: Prof. Jürgen Rüland talked to DW about the labour situation in SEA

Badische Zeitung

Badische Zeitung: Prof. Jürgen Rüland wrote a guest contribution on occasion of 20 years ASEM

Badische Zeitung

Badische Zeitung: Prof. Jürgen Rüland talked to BZ about the newly elected president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte

External news

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



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