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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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Prof. Dr. Jhy-Wey Shieh,
Representative of Taiwan to the Federal Republic of Germany, will give a talk on
"Taiwan and its Southeast Asian neighbours - Insights and Analysis"
"Coal, Palm Oil, and Indigenous Rights in Kalimantan, Indonesia"
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Out Now: Our Special Issue(s) on "Challenging Sovereignty: A Mulit-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)
Jürgen Rüland participated in the International Conference on "Forty Years of ASEAN-EU Cooperation: Achievements and the Way Forward."
  • The conference was organized by the International Relations Institute of Cambodia (IRIC) and took place in Phnom Penh.


An overview of all publications is available here.

journal of southeast asian economies

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


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
  • More details...

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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