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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

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Can the EU be a Model for Regional Cooperation in East and Southeast Asia?
  • Prof. Jürgen Rüland speaks at the Europa Akademie Otzenhausen on "Can the EU be a Model for Regional Cooperation in East and Southeast Asia? (24 July 2017)
Visiting Researcher: Dr. Ratih Adiputri
  • In June and July 2017 Dr. Ratih Adiputri (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) is visiting the Department of Political Science and the ABI for conducting a research project on "Unity and Diversity? International Parliamentory Institutions for Southeast Asia and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)."
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Colloquium Politicum - Federalism and Ethnic Conflict mit Prof. Donald L. Horowitz
  • On Tuesday, the 11th of July, Prof. Donald L. Horowitz will talk about the relationship between federalism and ethnic conflict. The lecture will take place in HS 1089, KG I at 8:15 pm.
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Fieldwork Training: From Tandem to Teamwork
  • A Training Model for Fieldresearch Across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries
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An overview of all publications is available here.

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Indonesian migrant domestic workers in transnational political spaces: agency, gender roles and social class formation

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Taxing Times in Indonesia: The Challenge of Restoring Competitiveness and the Search for Fiscal Space

  • Authors: Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Günther G. Schulze
  • Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 2016
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The impact of fiscal and political decentralization on local public investment in Indonesia

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Continuity under Change in Dayak Societies


An overview of all media reports is available here.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: Jürgen Rüland on the conflict concerning the Spratly-Islands

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Badische Zeitung:  Christian von Lübke explains the result of the governor election in Jakarta

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Jakarta Post:  Günther Schulze on Indonesia - protectionism complicates poverty alleviation:

  • Authors: Anton Hermansyah & Marguerite Afra Sapiie
  • 17th of September 2016
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Badische Zeitung: Jürgen Rüland on the Phillipines: 

External news

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



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