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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Nusantara (Malaysia/Indonesia) Study Group

The Nusantara Study Group at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies was established to provide students with a space in a scholarly environment where they can discuss current events and research questions which focus on the Southeast Asian archipelago, also known as Nusantara (spanning Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and parts of the Philippines). There is the possibilty of receiving credit points for regular attendance at our meetings and active participation in the group.


The term Nusantara (literally "the islands in-between") has been chosen as it is a contested concept in the region, used in both Malaysia and Indonesia to lay claims on a cultural history which however can be traced back to a not-so-distant common and intertwined past. The focus on the "in-between" provides the framework within which the group discusses current developments as well as perspectives on history, politics, the media, and the economic system. We go beyond the nation-state paradigm and adopt a more holistic view on broader topics such as identity politics, ethnicization or the role and function of (semi-) authoritarian regimes that all too often try to remove the empowering ambiguity of concepts such as Nusantara.


Malaysian stamps depicting the three official 'races'

Identity politics in Malaysia: Postal stamps depicting ethnicized Malays, Chinese and Indians.


NUSANTARA- event scedule


For more information, please contact Aleah Connley or join our mailing list.



Have a look at the Malay-English dictionary.