Southeast Asian Studies section
Academic Research Networks

Academic Research Networks

Academic Forum Myanmar

The Academic Forum Myanmar was founded in 2012. It is a network of individuals whose aim is to bring together German speaking academics with an interest Myanmar and to promote synergies in research and academic cooperation. It supports collaborative work with colleagues in Myanmar and establishes contacts with organizations that are active in the country. The Director of the forum is Professor Rüdiger Korff.
You also get further information on current activities of the forum.


EIDOS was founded in the 1980s as a network of young academics engaged in the study of sociological and anthropological aspects of socioeconomic development. The aim is to promote innovative approaches to the study of development processes, adopting a critical approach towards current development practice and policy, without going so far as to pronounce the “end of development”.  EIDOS is a forum for the exchange of ideas, through regular informal meetings and conferences.

Asean-European University Network (ASEA UNINET)

The ASEAN-European Academic University Network (ASEA UNINEt) was founded in 1994 on the initiative of universities in Austria, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Its exchange programme brings people together and deepens mutual understanding, thereby facilitating collaborative research. ASEA UNINET currently has 66 member organizations from 15 different countries. The University of Passau has been a member since 2010, and was the second German university to affiliate to the network (after the University of Freiburg).

Further information on the homepage of ASEA UNINET.

Initiative for a Sociology of Development of Southeast Asia (ISDA)

ISDA is an informal network devoted to the sociology and social anthropology of development. The network develops theories that contribute to the comparative study of development processes in Southeast Asia. The focus is on sociology and anthropology, which do not take existing political boundaries as the starting point for research. In contrast to economics and political science, ISDA’s research focuses on the origins of these boundaries and how they have successfully been institutionalized. The objective of the network is to develop the sociological study of Southeast Asia, so that it is seen not simply as a specialist area of sociology and anthropology, but rather as a component of global sociological discourse.