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ASEAS 7(2) – Focus ‘Imagining Indonesia’ – is published!

The present ASEAS issue features a focus on political utopias and homeland imaginaries held by Indonesians and, in one case, East Timorese at home and abroad. These include labor and marriage migrants, expatriates, overseas students, political exiles, and refugees living outside of their home country. Since being in exile does not always require an actual departure from the homeland, this special issue also takes into account the imaginaries of those who are physically within the boundaries of Indonesia, yet in one way or another voluntarily or involuntarily ‘exiled’ from the rest of society. LINK

ASEAS 6(2) – Focus MOBILITIES – published online

We are happy to announce that the recent issue of ASEAS (Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies) – Focus MOBILITIES – just went online.

You can find all articles on our issue’s page. Enjoy reading!


ASEAS 6(2) Published & Online


The latest issue of our journal has been published and is now online accessible at our website!

The contributions of the present issue of ASEAS 6(2) address a variety of issues concerning mobilities and immobilities in South-East Asia, including case studies that involve moving people and objects in or from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.


In the first section, Current Research, Erik Cohen explores the cultural meanings of objects of mobility by analyzing the origins and making of airbrush paintings on charter tour coaches in Thailand. He investigates the complex interplay between global and local in terms of its presence in the buses’ motifs and depicts these objects of mobility as containers of globalized, hybridized post-modern symbols. Shifting the discussion from the objects to the subjects of mobilities, Dinita Setyawati addresses the idea of framing migrant workers as state assets, based on the premise that these workers maximize national economic benefits. Setyawati’s contribution offers an examination of the legal regulations concerning migrant workers’ protection in Indonesia and the Philippines, two of the largest exporters of migrant labor in South-East Asia. Cirilia Limpangog conducted a study based on in-depth interviews with professional Filipina migrants in Melbourne and identified diverse motives such as pursuing alternative lifestyles, escape from political persecution, migration in order to live united with one’s spouse, and escape from gender and cultural norms as driving forces of mobility. Yet, potential obstacles to mobility remain, supporting the argument that our times are characterized not only by large flows of various forms of mobilities but also by immobilities. In a study on asylum seekers passing through Indonesia, Antje Missbach compares Indochinese asylum seekers between the 1970s and mid-1990s and more recent asylum seekers coming from the Middle East. She explores how claims for protecting asylum seekers are handled in Indonesia and in this course introduces the notion of obstructed mobility to this issue. Outside the mobilities focus, this issue features a Current Research contribution by Maya Pasgaard and Lily Chea on the social dimensions of deforestation and forest protection in local communities in Northern Cambodia, who have implemented Community Forestry (CF) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs.


In the section Research Workshop, Kirsten W. Endres offers an anthropologically oriented contribution by looking into marketplaces and bazaars in socialist Vietnam, and by exploring the influence of neoliberal politics on the lives of small traders. In the section In Dialogue, Claudia Dolezal presents an interview with the chairman of the Bali Community-Based Tourism Association, which refers to the complex and controversial empowerment debate in a tourism-for-development context. Bianca Gantner and Philip Weninger offer a visual account of a Filipino/a migrant communities’ festival in Vienna, underlining the importance of the event in terms of fostering social and economic ties of the biggest South-East Asian migrant group in Austria.


Furthermore, ASEAS continues the introduction of Austrian research institutions featuring a focus on South-East Asia. In this context, Alfred Gerstl presents the South-East Asian orientation at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna.


Moreover, the issue includes two book reviews: William J. Jones reviews Conversations with Thaksin: From Exile to Deliverance: Thailand’s Populist Tycoon Tells His Story by Tom Plate and Dayana Parvanova discusses Faith and the State: A History of Islamic Philanthropy in Indonesia by Amelia Fauzia. Finally, Paulo Castro Seixas provides some thoughts and reflections on the role of international scientific conferences and presents a short report on the coordination of the 7th EuroSEAS Conference, which took place in Lisbon in July 2013.


 As usually you can also browse through the issue via our online reader on

Conference: Working Class Struggle for Social & National Emancipation (23-25 Oct/Philippines)

International Conference

From anti-colonialism to anti-neoliberalism: The working class struggle for social and national emancipation in Asia and the Pacific23 to 25 October 2013, University of the Philippines Diliman

Call for Papers and Special Interest Symposia

The 18th century up to the middle of the 20th century were centuries of uprisings by the oppressed peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America. At the forefront of these uprisings, directed mostly against Western colonial dominance and control, were the nascent working classes – from the gold mines in the hinterlands to the export-oriented plantations in the countryside, from the forced labor camps to the emerging urban ports in various colonies.

Have we forgotten all of this? These uprisings produced countless martyrs, heroes, heroines and other icons in the pantheon of liberty and freedom in the developing world — from Simon Bolivar and Jose Marti in Latin America to Sun Yat Sen and Mahatma Gandhi in Asia.

In most of Asia and the Pacific, the uprisings were struggles for national independence as well as social emancipation, for colonial oppression had national and class dimensions. Thus, in the Philippines, Andres Bonifacio, the “Great Filipino Plebian”, raised national freedom and social equality as the twin goals of the Philippine Revolution against Spain. Bonifacio’s advocacy for national and social emancipation was somehow echoed in the struggles of other peoples in India, China, Indochina and other Asian countries. Not surprisingly, nationalism and socialism, articulated variedly, became significant mobilizing and intertwining ideas for the anti-colonial movements in Asia and the Pacific.

On November 30 this year, the Philippines shall commemorate the 150th birth of Andres Bonifacio. In honor of Bonifacio and other heroes and heroines in the struggle for national and social emancipation in the Philippines and other Asian countries, the U.P. School of Labor and Industrial Relations, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is organizing an international conference with the theme: “From anti-colonialism to anti-neoliberalism: The working class struggle for social and national emancipation in Asia and the Pacific”.

Why anti-neoliberalism? Because in most of the developing world, the formal acquisition of political independence (“Republic”-hood) did not end the quest of the working class for emancipation. Colonialism was replaced in some countries by elite rule and new forms of Western control over the economy and politics. In the last three decades or at the turn of the millennium, an insidious economic ideology was foisted on and held sway over most of the developing world – neoliberalism. But like in the colonial times, the working classes, primarily the trade unions and organized farmer associations, took a leading role in exposing and opposing neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism, which are blamed for the continuing poverty and social inequality in the former colonies.

Indeed, it is time to do some historical stock taking. What have been achieved by the working class in the struggle for national and social emancipation through the centuries? What are the unfinished tasks in building a truly independent and just society?

In Asia-Pacific, this historical stock taking is doubly significant in the light of the claims by global and regional economic bodies such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that the region is on the cusp of an Asian golden age. Accordingly, the region is poised to become the world’s dominant economic power in a decade or so. In addition, the conference will serve as a venue for labor scholars, trade unionists and labor activists to discuss and debate the critical role in Asia and the Pacific of trade unions and mass-based organizations in society, particularly in the continuing clamor of the working class for social justice, equity and democracy – at the workplace, industry, national and global levels.

Find more info here.

Emigra Deutschland GmbH looking for an Immigration Consultant Full time / 40h week (Frankfurt)

Emigra is a global immigration consulting firm with expertise in over 100 different countries around the globe. Emigra Deutschland GmbH is the German representative of the Emigra Group, consulting German immigration to foreign individuals and families relocating to Germany for work.


Emigra is currently looking for an


Immigration Consultant
Full time / 40h week

to support our team in the Frankfurt office. In this position you will be coordinating different administrative aspects of the application process and visiting town hall and alien offices in the Frankfurt area, ultimately building a knowledge base on Germany immigration.


Requirements are:


**Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you will need to already have a valid work permit for Germany**


  • Fluent English and German in speaking and writing
  • Driver’s License is a must
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office and Adobe
  • Experience with database administration
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Self confident
  • Customer service oriented
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Experience living overseas (but not essential)
  • Previous experience in German immigration is beneficial but not a must

You will be working in a young, multi-national team speaking in both English and German on a daily basis. This position will help you to develop refined office skills and etiquette.


Please send your full application including CV and a cover letter via e-mail to Ms. Kim Turner at or by post to the following address: 

Emigra Deutschland GmbH
z. Hd. Ms. Kim Turner
Speicherstr. 16
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Bezahlte Praktikumsstelle beim Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte-Philippinen (Deadline 10. Feb 2013)

Zeitraum: Für mindestens 2 Monate für ca. 24h (drei Tage) die Woche, ab Mitte Februar, späterer Zeitpunkt auch möglich

Einsatzort: philippinenbüro e.V. im Asienhaus, Hohenzollernring 52, 50672 Köln (0201 830 38 28)


Mehr Infos hier (PDF)

Stellenausschreibung: Regionalmanager ASEAN im OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association

Regionalmanager ASEAN im OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association

Im Regionalbüro ASEAN des OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine Stelle als Regionalmanager ASEAN zu besetzen.


Ihre Aufgaben:

  • Regionalbetreuung Südostasien
  • Betreuung der Südostasiengremien des APA
  • Konzeption, Organisation und fachliche Betreuung von Veranstaltungen
  • Mitwirkung an länderbezogenen Projekten des OAV
  • Analysen zur wirtschaftlichen und wirtschaftspolitischen Situation in den Ländern der Region
  • Erarbeitung von Vorträgen und Artikeln, sowie Pflege der OAV-Website / Mitgliederbereich
  • Erledigung von Arbeiten nach Anweisung der Geschäftsleitung

Ihr Profil:

  • Studium der Wirtschafts-, Politik- oder Regionalwissenschaften
  • gutes Verständnis wirtschaftspolitischer Zusammenhänge
  • Interesse an der Veranstaltungsorganisation und Delegationsbetreuung, sowie an der Region Südostasien und an der Arbeit mit Unternehmen und Wirtschaftsverbänden
  • Erfahrungen in der (internationalen) Projektarbeit von Vorteil
  • sehr gute Kommunikationsfähigkeit und ein hohes Maß an Teamgeist
  • fließende Deutschkenntnisse (muttersprachliches Niveau) und sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, weitere Sprachkenntnisse der Region wünschenswert

Näheres zum OAV finden Sie unter

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung per E-Mail bis zum 12.02.2013 an Frau Pia Rothe, E-Mail:

IIAS & ISEAS CfP: Framing ‘Asian Studies’ – Geopolitics, Institutions and Networks. (Deadline 30 April, 2013)

Framing ‘Asian Studies’: Geopolitics, Institutions and Networks

IIAS in partnership with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS, Singapore) organises a conference, which aims to examine and critical reflect on the “social framing” of Asian studies.


Call for Paper – Deadline: 30 April, 2013
Conference Dates: 18 – 19 November 2013



Find more info here.


CfP: Beyond Borders – Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia (Chulalongkorn University / August 2013)

Call for Panel Proposals and Abstracts

Please submit to by 1st March 2013

More information at and

Building on ICIRD 2011 and ICIRD 2012, the objectives of the conference are:

  • From a theoretical and applied perspective, provide a forum for debate between scholars, practitioners, civil society and community representatives on current development, international relations and human rights trends in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on the role of the commons.
  • Create a deeper and wider understanding of ‘the commons’ within Southeast Asia, including from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and understand how the process of deepening ASEAN integration articulates with the commons at the local, national, regional and global scales.
  • Explore how the concept of the commons might create new insights and alternatives towards more sustainable, fairer and peaceful development in Southeast Asia. 

We welcome papers on the themes of development, international relations and human rights in Southeast Asia, in particular those that interrogate the various forms of ‘commons’ (norms, values, concepts and institutions), including from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 


Economic commons

  • The common market: Regional economic integration and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
  • Regional economic governance, including corruption
  • Globalization, trade liberalization and the influence of extra-regional powers
  • Energy and energy security, including oil and gas reserves

Social and societal commons

  • Regional normative commons: Human Rights (including the role of AICHR); Human Security; statelessness and citizenship
  • Democratization and the public sphere, including electoral integrity and political accountability
  • Towards a people-centered ASEAN community?: Social movements, civil society and public participation
  • Migration and migrants within an inter-connecting ASEAN

Nature and Natural Resource commons 

  • Community management of common pool land, forests, fisheries, wildlife and water, including role of institutions, ethnicity, class, gender and belief systems
  • Enclosure and commodification of the commons: Land grabs and water grabs
  • Regional environmental cooperation on transborder common pool resources, for example the Mekong River, Salween River and cross-border forests.
  • Territorial claims and inter-state cooperation: Land and marine resources

Cultural and Knowledge commons

  • Copyrights and patenting, including intellectual property rights
  • Public knowledge
  • The ‘creative commons’: commons-based peer production of knowledge
  • Right to access to information and media freedoms
  • Cultural commons and intangible cultural heritage including, traditions, language and religion 

The digital commons

  • Internet freedom
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and Peace (ICT4P)
  • Web 2.0 applications (Twitter, wikis and blogs) in development, international cooperation and human rights

Visiting Professorships in the Humanities and the Arts at Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Schools Visiting Professorships in the Humanities and the Arts
Ateneo de Manila University

 The School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, is pleased to announce the Loyola Schools Visiting Professorships in the Humanities and the Arts for 2013/2014 in the fields of:

  •  Creative Arts and Technology
  • Asian Philosophy and Religion
  • Anglo-American Literature
  • Language Studies

The Visiting Professorship is open to Professors and Associate Professors who have distinguished themselves in research/creative work (as appropriately applicable) and have a strong record of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Visiting Professor of Creative Arts and Technology is expected to be either (a) an expert practitioner in information design and the visual arts and who can facilitate the integration of relevant application of technology for the enhancement of innovation in these fields and allied arts (e.g. theatre, media) or (b) a scholar of technology and the arts. He or she will be affiliated with the Fine Arts Program and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of the School of Humanities.

The Visiting Professor of Asian Philosophy and Religion is expected to have a broad knowledge of philosophical thought and major religious traditions in Asian countries/cultures as well as an expertise on either Chinese philosophy or Indian philosophy. He or she will be affiliated with the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Theology of the School of Humanities.

The Visiting Professor of Anglo-American Literature is expected to be a specialist in the British and American literary traditions, with a critical perspective which situates these traditions within the post-colonial and the globalized context. He or she will be affiliated with the Department of English and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of the School of Humanities.

The Visiting Professor of Language Studies is expected to be a specialist in the study of the English language in non-native contexts, including teaching and learning English, studying discourses from a linguistic and critical perspective, as well as assessing and formulating language policies. He or she will be affiliated with the Department of English of the School of Humanities.

A Loyola Schools Visiting Professor will be on research leave from his or her home university and will be appointed at the Ateneo de Manila University for one academic semester (five months). A shorter or longer stay can be arranged. A stipend will be provided.

The Visiting Professor will be given the opportunity to teach a course at the undergraduate and/or graduate level and mentor younger faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University in the visitor’s areas of expertise in research and teaching. The visitor will participate in the academic and intellectual life of the Ateneo de Manila University and contribute to it by delivering one formal lecture that will be advertised to the university community and open to the public.

The academic terms for 2013-2014 are: First Semester: 10 June 2013 to 12 October 2013 Second Semester: 4 November 2013 to 22 March 2914

Applications should include (a) a statement of interest, (b) a detailed Curriculum Vitae, (c) a description of teaching experience, (d) a description of the proposed course or courses to be offered by the visitor, (e) a summary of any research project to be pursued as a Visiting Professor, and (f) the proposed term for residence at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Inquiries and applications should be sent electronically, with the necessary attachments, to Ms. Maria Consuelo Camacho, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Humanities, at on or before 15 February 2013.

The website of the Ateneo de Manila University may be found at and that of the Loyola Schools at

8 PhD Scholarships at the University of Heidelberg

Das Graduiertenprogramm für Transkulturelle Studien des Exzellenzclusters “Asien und Europa im globalen Kontext” der Universität Heidelberg vergibt acht Promotionsstipendien beginnend im Wintersemester 2013/14.

Die Stipendien haben eine Höhe von 1.200 Euro pro Monat. Zusätzlich nehmen die Stipendiaten an weiterführenden Kursen teil und erhalten eine individuelle Betreuung und Beratung. Die Hälfte der Plätze ist für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus Asien vorgesehen.

Von den Bewerberinnen und Bewerbern wird erwartet, dass sie ein Promotionsprojekt einreichen, das in engem Zusammenhang zu den Forschungsschwerpunkten des Cluster steht. Sie müssen einen Magister-Abschluss oder einen anderen gleichwertigen Abschluss in einem Fach der Geistes-, Sozial- oder Kulturwissenschaften besitzen. Bewerbungen, die einen Lebenslauf, ein Motivationsschreiben, einen Projektvorschlag, einen Zeitplan für die Dissertation und ein Empfehlungsschreiben enthalten, werden über eine Online-Plattform eingereicht.

Nach einer ersten Vorauswahl werden die Bewerberinnen und Bewerber Kontakt zu möglichen Betreuerinnen und Betreuern am Cluster aufnehmen, um ihr Projekt zu diskutieren. Die aussichtsreichsten Bewerberinnen und Bewerber werden etwa Mitte Mai nach Heidelberg eingeladen, um ihre Projekte dem Auswahlkomitee zu präsentieren. Die Auswahl der Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten erfolgt zeitnah dazu.

Der Bewerbungsschluss ist der 15. März 2013.

Für weitere Informationen über das Graduiertenprogramm für Transkulturelle Studien und die Stipendien besuchen Sie: oder senden Sie eine Email an: