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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

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Jürgen Rüland spoke at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 6 November 2017.

  • He spoke at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre of the LSE on "ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora: Its Role in the UN and WTO".
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Jürgen Rüland spoke at a workshop in Paris, 26-27 October 2017.
  • The Workshop was organized by the NEOMA Business School and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Prof. Rüland spoke about the role of the ASEAN as an Actor in the United Nations.

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Christian von Lübke spoke at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carribean Studies (KITLV)
  • He presented a paper entitled "Agents of Change: The Political Economy of Good Government in Democratic Indonesia".
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Lukas Müller contributed research to the ASEF SDG Implementation Guide
  • The Implementation Guide for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to provide guidance to policymakers from developing countries on adapting their national planning and implementation strategies to the SDGs.
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An overview of all publications is available here.

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Cooperation is What India Makes of it - A Normative Inquiry into the Origins and Development of Regional Cooperation in South Asia and the Indian Ocean

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


The impact of fiscal and political decentralization on local public investment in Indonesia


The Politics of Securitization in Democratic Indonesia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


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 50 years of Asean

External news

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