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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

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Guest Lecture by Prof. Jürgen Rüland at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta

  • On 18 September 2014, Prof. Rüland will speak on the topic of 'Indonesia Foreign Politics and ASEAN: Prospects and Challenges' at the department of International Relations at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Methodology School in Empirical Research Methods in November

  • Between 7 November and 9 November 2014, Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg is conducting a workshop on research methods.
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Joint Fieldwork Training 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • In August and September, students of Anthropology and Political Science/International Relations from Freiburg, Yogyakarta and Makassar are conducting field research exercises in Yogyakarta
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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.


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
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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
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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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