154 Works

Participatory Theater, Is It Really? A Critical Examination of Practices in Timor-Leste

Julia Scharinger
Dance, music, and oral narratives are an important and vibrant part of cultural practice and heritage in Timor-Leste. But while Timorese people have used such creative methods and processes during rituals, celebrations, and their fi ght for independence, today arts and artistic expression become an increasingly popular strategy in development cooperation. Especially diff erent forms of so-called participatory theater with origins in development cooperation, arts, and social movements, present themselves as innovative, participatory, and well...

An Interview with Geoffrey Benjamin

Christian Wawrinec
Geoffrey Benjamin received his PhD (Social Anthropology) from the University of Cambridge. His academic employments have been at the University of Singapore (1967-76), the Australian National University (Canberra, 1976-81) and the National University of Singapore (1981-2000). Since 1999 Geoffrey Benjamin is Associate Professor in the Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He has also held visiting appointments at (among others) the CNRS (Paris, 1985) and the IIAS (Leiden, 1997). Geoffrey Benjamin...

Progress and Challenges of Combating Climate Change in Indonesia: An Interview with Prof. Rachmat Witoelar, the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change

Till Plitschka & Irendra Radjawali
Professor Rachmat Witoelar, former Minister of the Environment in Indonesia, heads the National Council on Climate Change in Indonesia (DNPI) and Indonesia’s delegations to negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This interview was conducted during the most recent UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn in May 2012 and contains references to specific agreements in that process. As the Kyoto Protocol – which includes binding targets for countries in the Global North (so-called...

The China Factor in Regional Security Cooperation: The ASEAN Regional Forum and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Alfred Gerstl
This article argues that regional security cooperation in South-East Asia, mainly promoted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is a response to China´s economic rise. Although China is not regarded as a military challenge, Beijing’s ascension threatens to undermine the regional balance of power. The emerging insecurities threaten the stability of the regimes whose power is based on output legitimacy. Cooperation, the thesis states, can reduce these uncertainties. Yet, whereas collaboration in the...

Chiang Mai: The Gay and the City

Senti Leksakun
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Editorial - Tourism in Focus

Alexander Trupp
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Contesting State Forests in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Authority Formation, State Forest Land Dispute, and Power in Upland Central Java, Indonesia

Anu Lounela
This article explores the ongoing conflict over state forest land between the local population and the State Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a village in upland Central Java with regard to authority formation. It looks at how different agents draw on diff erent sources of authority in the course of the conflict and its negotiations. The principal questions are to what kind of sources of authority villagers refer to and how the formation of authority informs...

Science on the Move: The 7th EuroSEAS Conference in Lisbon in 2013

Paulo Castro Seixas
What is the role of International Scientific Conferences (ISCs) in the scientific system? This is the topic that I propose to elaborate on the basis of a brief report on the coordination of the 7th EuroSEAS Conference in Lisbon (2013).

Research on South-East Asia in Austria: The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna

Alfred Gerstl
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Conversations with Thaksin - From Exile to Deliverance: Thailand’s Populist Tycoon Tells His Story

William J. Jones
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Faith and the State: A History of Islamic Philanthropy in Indonesia

Dayana Parvanova
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Südostasienwissenschaften publizieren: Open-Access, thematischer Pluralismus, Internationalität

Alfred Gerstl & Erwin Schweitzer
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Islam Pribumi. Der Islam der Einheimischhen, seine "Arabisierung" und arabische Diasporagemeinschaften in Indonesien

Martin Slama
Young intellectuals close to Indonesia’s biggest Islamic organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama, are advocating an “Islam of the natives” (Islam Pribumi) which has developed in Indonesia over the past centuries and differs from Islam as it is practiced in the Arab world in many ways. This selfconfident discourse emphasises Indonesian cultural and religious practice and distances itself from “Arab” traditions perceived as foreign. The article explores this discourse in the light of the role Indonesians of...

Islamismus in Indonesien - Der Erfolg der Gerechtigkeits- und Wohlfahrtspartei und seine möglichen Auswirkungen

Matthias Heilmann
The 2004 parliamentary elections in Indonesia delivered some striking results. Among these, the enormous success of the islamist Justice and Welfare Party (PKS) represents one of the most interesting developments of Indonesia‘s young democracy. Having increased their number of MPs by over 500 percent (from 7 to 45), the PKS is now considered to be a rising political power which is decidedly promoting an Islamic agenda. Now arousing public interest, the party has become an...

Kunst, Kosmos, Kaste. Weibliche Körperinszenierungen, Tanz und Aspekte der Bewahrung balinesischer Kultur in Oka Rusminis Tarian Bumi

Monika Arnez
An increasing number of Indonesian women authors have entered the literary stage since the fall of Suharto. Many of their books have become bestsellers, selling up to 100.000 copies. Reasons for this rising popularity of literature by women authors are tendencies of liberalization, lifting of censorship and a redefinition of women’s role. Some female authors have attracted attention by openly discussing female sexuality and desire, a taboo topic, which would not have been able to...

Die Rohingyas - Konstruktion, De-Konstruktion und Re-Konstruktion einer ethnisch-religiösen nationalen Identität

Hans-Bernd Zöllner
The Rohingyas living in the state of Rakhine (Arakan) in western Myanmar form a greaten bloc community Muslim community on the border to Bangladesh. In the past decades, great numbers of people fled the country and were repatriated later. The status of the Rohingyas is a controversial issue. The organisations representing their interest consider them as indigenous people of Myanmar looking back at a history of 1000 years in Arakan. Buddhist Arakanese as well as...

Globale Diaspora der Hmong

Grit Grigoleit
Gegenwärtige Diaspora-Konzeptionen führen die Bewahrung der Identität in der Fremde vor allem auf folgende interne Faktoren zurück: eine institutionalisierte globale Vernetzung, die Konstruktion einer Heimat und eine Rückkehrorientierung. Diaspora-Gemeinschaften werden dabei als in sich geschlossene, homogene Kollektive kontextualisiert. Externe Faktoren wie der Einfluss des Gastlandes, der eine Stratifizierung nach sozialen Klassen, Gender oder Generationen zur Folge hat, sind dagegen bisher wenig beachtet worden. Die in der Diaspora lebende ethnische Gruppe der Hmong versucht gleichermaßen ihre...

Österreichs Wirtschaftsbeziehungen in Südostasien

Reinhart Zimmermann
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Vom Multilateralismus zum Bilateralismus: Das APEC-Treffen in Sydney im September 2007

Alfred Gerstl
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The Myanmar Literature Project - Starting with an Investigation into the NAGANI BOOK CLUB

Hans-Bernd Zöllner
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Book review: Maly, C.-A., Emmers, R. & Amitav, A. (Eds.) (2006). Non-traditional security in Asia: Dilemmas in securitisation.

Alfred Gerstl
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Editorial

Belinda Helmke & Alfred Gerstl
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, Vol 1 No 2 (2008): (In-)Equalities in South-East Asia

Small Towns as Interfaces for Interaction, Exchange and Transition in Vietnam

Hannah Von Bloh
Small towns present a critical link between urban systems and rural landscapes and are thus relevant for the understanding of regional development processes. In this context, an integrative analysis of the dynamics of interaction and negotiation on the local level and their correlation with higher-level structures and processes is insightful. The analysis draws on the concept of the social interface which is here applied to encounters between actors of various fi elds and levels within...

Backyard Living - Intergrative Policies Towards Migrant Workers: Housing Microfinance in Greater Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Martin Noltze
The urban agglomeration of the Vietnamese southeast industrial driving force Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has become the most outstanding benefi ciary of the remarkable economic growth and foreign investments in the Vietnamese economy since the start of a comprehensive economic reform process in the mid 1980s. The notable development towards the foremost economic centre led to a high infl ux of migrant workers. In the course of an ongoing expansion process towards a megacity...

"We are Living in a Different Time Zone" Transnational Working Places and the Concept of a "Glocalized Intermediary Class"

Niklas Reese
The article would like to make a proposition on how to amend the underdifferentiated way social stratification within the “global society” is usually theoretized. In the dominant discourse there seems to be only one global class, the “winners of globalization”. Critics of this narrative, which I call the cosmopolitan delusion, make the “losers” of neoliberal globalization visible. But the “vulnerable” (Robert Castel) and precarious are usually not included in such a dualistic two-classapproach. If the...

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