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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 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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Judith Schlehe will give a talk on "The future of Social Science in Southeast Asia" at the International Symposium on "Social Science in the Age of Transformation and Disruption" at UGM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in September 2018. 
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Jürgen Rüland spoke on "ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora" at the ASEAN Law Academy, organized by the Center of International Law (CIL), National University of Singapore, 19-26 July 2018. 

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Out now: Our Special Issue(s) on "Challenging State Sovereignty: A Multi-Level Approach to Southeast and East Asian Migration". 
  • Nicola Piper, Jürgen Rüland and Stefan Rother have guest edited a two-part Issue for the European Journal of East Asian studies (EJEAS).


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Anna Fünfgeld and Lukas Maximilian Müller are currently visiting Scholars at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta.
  • Both are conducting research on their respective PhD theses in Indonesia in Spring 2018
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An overview of all publications is available here.

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Challenging State Sovereignty in the Age of Migration. Concluding Remarks.

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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

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



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