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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. 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 two topics:

1. Democratization and Institutional Change in South East Asia

2. Modes of World-Making in South East Asia (Associated Research Project funded by DFG)

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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Isra Sunhornvut,
Secretary-General of the ASEAN Interpaliamentary Assembly (AIPA), talks on "Towards an ASEAN Community - Challenges and Prospects" at the University of Freiburg.
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"It still can be hacked" - of activism, art, and power in contemporary Indonesia
  • Institutskolloquium: Lukas Ley (Heidelberg)
  • 15 January 2019, 6 pm, Seminarraum des Instituts für Ethnologie, University of Freiburg. 
  • More information...
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Out Now: Our Special Issue(s) on "Challenging Sovereignty: A Multi-Level Approach to Southeast and East Asian Migration".
  • Nicola Piper, Jürgen Rüland, and Stefan Rother guest edited a two-part Issue for the European Journal of East Asian Studies (EJEAS)
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Jürgen Rüland spoke at the Conference "China and the EU in the Era of Regional and Interregional Cooperation."
  • He contributed to a panel on "China's International Relations". The conference was jointly organized by the Institude of European Studies (IEE) and the ULB Confucius Institute and took place in Brussels on 16-17 November 2018.


An overview of all publications is available here.

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Continuity or Change? Indonesia's Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer System under Jokowi.

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The Indonesian Way: ASEAN, Europeanization, and Foreign Policy Debates in a New Democracy.


To the ones in need or the ones you need? The political economy of central discretionary grants - empirical evidence from Indonesia

journal of ethnic and migration studies

Political remittances and the diffusion of a rightsbased
approach to migration governance: the case
of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)


An overview of all media reports is available here.

Master Plan

ASEAN's Regional Connectivity - External Partner Engagement Expsoing Internal Governance Constraints

  • Commentary by Lukas Maximilian Müller
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Schwäbische Zeitung: Interview with Stefan Rother on the Global Compact on Migration.

  • 11 December 2018
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Badische Zeitung: Stefan Rother reports from the Conference on the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco.


Badische Zeitung: Jürgen Rüland on 50 years of Asean.

External news

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