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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

About Us


 

Welcome to the department of
Southeast Asian History and Society


 

Profile



Chair

 

Research and Teaching Goals
  • Development of a comprehensive regional approach that aims to advance the theoretical and methodological debate within area studies as New Area Studies
  • Approach of an emic perspective
  • Comparative analysis of the entanglements of historical as well as contemporary local, transnational and global dynamics
  • Development of localized and contextualized, multidimensional knowledge
  • “Region” as a flexible heuristic instrument
  • Research into situated social phenomena
  • Reflexive translation and recognition of the limits of translatability
  • Disciplinary multiplicity by integrating ethnological approaches into New Area Studies

 

Main Topics of Interest
  • Theory and history of area studies
  • Colonial and imperial history
  • History of labor
  • Islam in Southeast Asia
  • Popular religion in mainland Southeast Asia
  • Memory and violence

 

Regional Foci
  • Indonesia
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

 

 

Who to Approach



Prof. Vincent Houben

  • Professor of Southeast Asian History and Society
  • Email: sea-history.asa (at) hu-berlin.de

 

Dr. Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo

  • Assistant Professor
  • Email: rosa.castillo (at) hu-berlin.de

 

Petra Sugita-Andrée

  • Secretariat
  • Email: sea-history.asa (at) hu-berlin.de

 

Danny KretschmerJona Pomerance

  • Student Assistants
  • Email: hiwi-soa (at) rz.hu-berlin.de

 

 

Information for Students


  • General information: Study at IAAW
  • Coordinator B.A. Regionalstudien Asien/Afrika: Stefan Hoffmann (ba-iaaw [at] hu-berlin.de)
  • Coordinator M.A. Moderne Süd- und Südostasienstudien: Sadia Bajwa (sadia.bajwa [at] asa.hu-berlin.de)

 

 

SEA Newsletter


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If you’d like to circulate information via the newsletter yourself, you can contact our student assistants: hiwi-soa [at] rz.hu-berlin.de