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

Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein

Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein

We mourn the death of Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein, who passed away unexpectedly on 11 June. The sudden loss of our esteemed colleague leaves us in shock and deep sorrow. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends.


For various concerns in this respect, we would like to give you some guidance below as to who is the best person to contact.

For general concerns please refer to Kai-Uwe Kolar (office-trans (at) or Prof. Dr. Henning Klöter (henning.kloeter (at)

Thesis Supervison and Mentoring

Those of you with urgent BA or MA thesis admission-, submission-, defence- and other exam-related concerns, please contact the head of the Prüfungskommission (Exam Commission) at IAAW: Prof. Dr. Michael Mann (

Those of you with urgent PhD thesis admission-, submission- or defence-related concerns, please contact Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben (member of the PhD Commission at KSBF) at IAAW:

Those of you who have been mentored and supervised by Prof. Boike Rehbein and are still working on your thesis project, please contact one of the following colleagues informally via email or by coming by their office to schedule a counseling meeting.

  • BA theses supervision: Stefan Hoffmann, Coordinator BA Asian and African Studies (; PD Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu, Department Southeast Asian Studies (
  • MA theses supervision: Dr. Tamer Söyler, MA GSP Coordinator (; Dr. Sarah Holz, Study Advisor MA South- and Southeast Asian Studies (; PD Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu, Department Southeast Asian Studies (


Please do approach us informally so we can see how we can support and assist you in these challenging times of loss of our dear and esteemed colleague Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein. Our doors are open. For those overwhelmed, please consider approaching HU's counselling services (


Arbeitsschwerpunkte/Areas of specialization

  • Globalisierung/ globalization
  • Sozialstruktur/ social structure
  • Soziologische Theorie/ sociological theory
  • Festland-Südostasien/ Mainland Southeast Asia


Current Position

Full Professor of Society and Transformation in Asia and Africa at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany.


Academic Career

  • Lecturer in sociology at the universities of Göttingen and Freiburg (1998-2004), Acting Chair of Sociology, University of Freiburg (2004-2006).
  • Director of the multiple award winning “Global Studies Programme” at the University of Freiburg 2006-09.
  • Visiting professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires), University of Zürich, National University of Laos.
  • Postdoctorate (Habilitation) in sociology on the impact of globalization in Laos (2000-2004)
  • Ph. D. in philosophy at the University of Freiburg on understanding (1994-1996).
  • Studies of philosophy, sociology, and history in Freiburg, Göttingen, Frankfurt, Paris and Berlin. Specialization in social theory, empirical research, history of science and philosophy, Southeast Asia. Most important teachers: Pierre Bourdieu, Günter Dux, Jürgen Habermas, Jann Holl, Bernd Martin, Hermann Schwengel.



German, English, French, Lao, Thai; basic skills in Italian, Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, Portuguese, Spanish and Khmer.


Most important book publications


2017: Society in Contemporary Laos, Routledge

2017: (ed. with Surinder Jodhka and Jessé Souza): Inequality in Capitalist Societies, Routledge

2017: (with Gilberto Antonelli): Inequality in Economics and Sociology, Routledge

2017: „Das Verstehen anderer Menschen in fremden Sprachen und Kulturen“, in Gabriele Münnix (Hg.): Über-setzen, Freiburg/München: Alber, pp. 337-352

2016: (with Chantana Banpasirichote and Surichai Wungaeo): Twenty-first Century Globalization and Democracy in Southeast Asia, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2015: (et al.): Reproduktion sozialer Ungleichheit in Deutschland, Konstanz: UVK

2014 (with Jessé Souza): Ungleichheit in kapitalistischen Gesellschaften, Weinheim: Beltz Juventa

2013: Kaleidoskopische Dialektik. Kritische Theorie nach dem Aufstieg des globalen Südens, Konstanz: UVK (English translation: Critical Theory after the Rise of the Global South: Kaleidoscopic Dialectic, London/New York: Routledge 2014; Turkish and Portuguese translation in preparation)

2011 (ed.): Globalization and Inequality in Emerging Societies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2009 (ed. with Gerhard Fröhlich): Bourdieu-Handbuch, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler (2nd edition 2014)

2009 (ed. with Jan Nederveen Pieterse): Globalization and Emerging Societies: Inequality and Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (paperback 2011)

2009 (ed. with Gernot Saalmann): Verstehen, Konstanz: UVK

2008 (with Hermann Schwengel): Theorien der Globalisierung, Konstanz: UTB (2nd edition 2012)

2007: Globalization, Society and Culture in Laos, London/New York: Routledge (paperback 2010)

2006: Die Soziologie Pierre Bourdieus, Konstanz: UTB (2nd edition 2011)

2004 (with Sisouk Sayaseng): Laotische Grammatik, Hamburg: Buske

2004: Globalisierung in Laos. Transformation des ökonomischen Feldes, Münster: LIT

1999: Gesellschaft und Theorie. Zum Einfluss der Sozialstruktur auf die Begriffsbildung Bacons und Galileis, Emmendingen: Martin Seeh (2nd edition 2003)

1997: Was heißt es, einen anderen Menschen zu verstehen? Stuttgart: Metzler



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