Under the coordination of Dr. Eric Haanstad, participants meet every month and share ideas based on thematic issues of mutual interest: democratization and everyday politics; decentralization and the (re)construction of local identities; conceptualizations of Asia, the West, the Islamic world, diaspora, contemporary art, etc. The format varies in relation to the particular topics and research materials are circulated beforehand to facilitate discussions. The colloquium is an opportunity to collaboratively explore the broad nuances of Southeast Asia Studies from perspectives outside of our individually-crafted projects.
Proficiency of local languages is a key to meaningful studies of Southeast Asian societies. Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg offer training in Bahasa Indonesia, Thai and Vietnamese languages. Bahasa Indonesia is taught at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Thai and Vietnamese language courses are organized in cooperation with the Language Teaching Centre (Sprachlehrinstitut) of the University of Freiburg.