• Vol 12 No 1 (2019)

    ASEAS 12(1) features a thematically open issue on recent developments in Southeast Asia, ranging from qualitative case studies to wider socio-economic, political, and cultural dynamics in the region. The articles cover developments in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, but the analyses transcend national borders and also discuss, for example, the rising influence of China in Southeast Asia.

    Managing Editor: Melanie Pichler

    Cover Photo: Karl Valent

    Layout: Karl Valent

     

  • Forced Migration
    Vol 11 No 2 (2018)

    The current issue of ASEAS, 11(2), discusses the highly relevant topic of forced migration in Southeast Asia. Historically, the region is known for the so called boat people crisis in the aftermath of the Vietnam War between 1975 and mid 1995, when almost 800,000 Vietnamese fled their country by sea in fear of prosecution. Currently, Southeast Asia is experiencing its second major forced migration crisis with nearly one million Rohingya people who fled Myanmar in fear of an ongoing genocide committed by the Armed Forces of Myanmar. Thus far, we know little about the current state of refugees and internally displaced persons in Southeast Asia. There are only estimates available on the actual number of people that migrate involuntarily to or within the region. However, according to UNHCR estimates, 3.37 million of the 68.5 million forced migrant population worldwide were hosted by Southeast Asian countries in 2017. At the same time, Southeast Asia has one of the weakest protection frameworks for refugees and asylum seekers worldwide. Only Cambodia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste have ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol. Contributions to this issue include two case studies from Indonesia focusing on refugee self-organization and the local politics of hospitality towards refugees respectively, and one article that scrutinizes the politics of refugees and asylum seekers registration in Malaysia and Thailand.

    Guest Editors: Gunnar Stange & Patrick Sakdapolrak

    Managing Editor: Gunnar Stange

    Cover Photo: Boat Refugee in Aceh, Indonesia (photo by Antje Missbach)

    Layout: Karl Valent

  • The Political Economy of New Authoritarianism
    Vol 11 No 1 (2018)

    New authoritarianism has become a global phenomenon over the past years, and Southeast Asia is no exception to this trend. The current issue of ASEAS 11(1) discusses the rise of authoritarianism in the region from a political economy perspective. It raises questions about the connection between economic crises and the rise of authoritarian regimes, as well as the specific kinds of economic projects that authoritarian regimes pursue. The articles in this issue include an analysis of a Chinese mining project in Myanmar’s frontier region as well as a re-interpretation of Thailand's military coup in 2014 against the background of China's Belt-and-Road Initiative and the changing economic world system. Other contributions analyze the continuity and intensification of Malaysia's neo-liberal development paradigms, and the role and potential of National Human Rights Institutions in big transnational infrastructure projects. The articles illustrate not only facets of persistent authoritarian neoliberalism, but they also highlight the dawn of a new Chinese-centered accumulation cycle in world history. They reveal transnational mechanisms of primitive accumulation as well as sophisticated transnational institutionalization processes for the defense of human rights. It becomes clear that any response to new authoritarianism will need transnational cooperation and include a search for more fundamental economic alternatives. 

    Managing Editor: Rainer Einzenberger

    Guest Editors: Wolfram Schaffar, Rainer Einzenberger, Carl Middleton, Naruemon Thabchumpon

    Cover Photo: Nick Nostitz

    Layout: Karl Valent

     

  • Philanthropy, Giving, and Development
    Vol 10 No 2 (2017)

    ASEAS 10(2) focuses on the evolving state of philanthropy in Southeast Asia. Collectively, the contributions provide an overview of the trends and tensions in this sector, which is being shaped by often conflicting notions of charity, development, and business. Two of the articles refer to the decreasing presence and changing nature of funding from philanthropic foundations from the United States, such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Their tradition of context-specific strategic grant-making in the region is being challenged by the paradigmatic shift underway globally, which is being triggered by the establishment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other 'technocratic' foundations. Articles focusing on the entire region as well as on specific countries (Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia) highlight home-grown philanthropy and how new forms of personal and institutionalized giving are emerging as a result of a growing middleclass and accumulated wealth. Pressure is also growing on local companies and corporate actors to show a socially conscious image by funding projects and contributing to sustainable development. Professionalization of faith-based giving is further leading to new philanthropic models such as the rise of Islamic grant-making foundations in Indonesia and other countries with Muslim communities as described by two of the articles. A question running through the issue is the extent to which this growth and diversification of philanthropy is conducive to equitable and inclusive development and democratization of society.

    Managing Editors: Alexander Trupp, Rainer Einzenberger

    Guest Editor: Rosalia Sciortino

    Cover Photo: Glass Painting "Earthquake in Yogyakarta" by Sulasno, collection O'ong Maryono & Rosalia Sciortino, photo by Rosalia Sciortino

    Layout: Karl Valent

     

  • Gender, Ethnicity, and Environmental Transformations
    Vol 10 No 1 (2017)

    ASEAS 10(1) features a focus on the interplay of gender, ethnicity, and environmental transformations in Indonesia and beyond. The articles share the general assumption that political and economic decisions always have ecological impacts and that societies have always transformed, (re-)produced, manufactured, and crafted nature along multiple lines of differentiation. The special issue brings together an interdisciplinary collection of conflicts, alliances, and strategies regarding natural resources along ethnic and gendered lines. The contributions range from the analysis of the intertwinement of gender and ethnicity in Indonesia’s mining sector, gender-specific environmental transformations among the indigenous Dayak Benuaq in Kalimantan, the impacts of indigenous land titling in a controversial national park case in Sumatra, the contradictions of an indigenous disaster risk management system in the Philippines, or the challenges of transdisciplinary cooperation between farmers and scientists to deal with environmental transformations in Indonesia. The articles highlight that gender, ethnicity, and other categories of differentiation are important in unfolding complex environmental transformations in Indonesia and beyond. Thereby, they also show the challenge of empowering marginalized groups (e.g., indigenous peoples, farmers, and women) without creating new exclusions.

    Managing Editor: Melanie Pichler

    Guest Editors: Kristina Großmann, Martina Padmanabhan, Suraya Afiff

    Cover Photo: Kemal Yufri / Greenpeace: Coal Barge in Indonesia

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • New Media
    Vol 9 No 2 (2016)

    ASEAS 9(2) features a focus on new media and the online-offline nexus as the site of emerging practices and identities in the interlocking fabrics of power and institutionalized relations. It thereby sheds light on the rather unorthodox ways in which digital technologies have become part of the daily dynamics of social, cultural, and political life. Contributions to this special issue range from analyses of the militarization of cyberspace through mass surveillance and surveillance by the masses, the emergence of fascist vigilante groups that operate across different social media platforms, the use of digital media as acts of political participation and digital citizenship, to the intersection of online and offline space in the expression of non-religious identities, and prevailing digital divides. The articles employ a range of analytic frames and cover a variety of aspects of digital Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar. They highlight the complex ways in which different actors set the parameters for participation and expression in digital space in authoritarian and post-authoritarian settings. By challenging notions of technological determinism and placing emphasis on local environments, they contribute to the broader project of provincializing digital media.

    Managing Editor: Dayana Lengauer

    Cover Photo: Sasin Tipchai

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • Political Ecology and Socio-Ecological Conflicts
    Vol 9 No 1 (2016)

    ASEAS 9(1) features a focus on socio-ecological conflicts from a political ecology perspective. It brings together an interdisciplinary collection of expressions of conflict over land, forests, water, mining, and environmental assets. It discusses the power relations underlying these forms of contestation as well as the strategies of different actors to deal with the unequal outcomes of environmental and resource politics. The contributions range from the analysis of land conflicts against the expansion of oil palm monocultures and other large-scale land deals, resistance against the dispossession of ethnic minorities from forest lands, the changing terrains of mining conflicts, the unequal effects of flood management to the potentials and pitfalls of indigenous mobilization against resource enclosures or the changing networks of environmental governance through green economy discourses. The articles employ different conceptions of socio-ecological conflicts (from political economy to poststructuralist assemblage theories) to understand the contested nature of resource appropriation and control in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. The contributions highlight the complex and diverse forms of socio-ecological conflicts in Southeast Asia that constantly transform society-nature relations in unpredictable and often contradictory ways. Thereby they also show the transformative potential of collectively mobilizing people, even in the most marginalized and seemingly powerless contexts.

    Managing Editor: Melanie Pichler

    Guest Editor: Alina Brad

    Cover Photo: Alexander Trupp

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • Tourism and Development
    Vol 8 No 2 (2015)

    The current ASEAS issue presents critical discussions on the topic of tourism and development in Southeast Asia. Tourism in the region has caused increasing socioeconomic inequality and vast disruptions to local ecosystems, societies, and cultures, above all through its rapid expansion that often exceeds local carrying capacity limits. This is often supported through injections of capital by external funding bodies with little local initiative. At the same time, there appears to be an increasing awareness in Southeast Asian tourism that the once ‘toured’ need to experience greater levels of decision-making and power in order for tourism to work as an effective catalyst for development. Researching tourism in Southeast Asia is no longer limited to understanding its impacts as well as local responses and mitigation strategies, but now also focuses on finding practical ways for how tourism can serve as an engine for development. This issue explores a variety of concerns connected to tourism as a tool for development by discussing social marketing in Northern Vietnam, impacts of a mega event in Eastern Indonesia, host-guest encounters in community-based tourism in Northern Thailand, and commodification and politicization of heritage in the context of tourism in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Managing Editors: Claudia Dolezal & Alexander Trupp 

    Cover Photo: Kosita Butratana

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • Food Sovereignty
    Vol 8 No 1 (2015)

    The current ASEAS issue presents various approaches to food sovereignty – as a political struggle as well as daily practices. Throughout the last decades, agricultural transformations have turned Southeast Asia from a food-insecure region into one characterized by high export sales in staple foods as well as investments in modern food systems. Despite the region’s achievements in food security, it is increasingly confronted with new challenges regarding the quality and the social distribution of foods. This issue aims to explore different struggles for what we may broadly call food sovereignty, based on a methodological reflection on ‘actors’ and empirical studies into such diverse settings as a remote peasant community in Indonesia, soup-pot restaurants in Phnom Penh, and a network of activists in the Northeast of Thailand promoting alternative forms of agriculture.

    Guest Editors: Christiane Voßemer, Judith Ehlert

    Managing Editors: Michelle Proyer, Ralph Guth

    Cover Photo: Simon Benedikter

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • Imagining Indonesia
    Vol 7 No 2 (2014)

    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. ‘Imagining Indonesia’ aims to explore the multiple readings of longings for a better life that are projected both on Indonesia’s past and future. The papers deal with the romanticization and transfiguration of the Indonesian homeland without ignoring the darker sides of internal and external exile, migration, and long-distance politics.

    Guest Editors: Antje Missbach, Henry Myrttinen

    Managing Editor: Dayana Parvanova

    Cover Photo: Helena Manhartsberger

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • Conflict Dynamics and Transformations
    Vol 7 No 1 (2014)

    The present ASEAS issue features a focus on ‘Conflict Dynamics and Transformations in Southeast Asia’. It brings together topical works of researchers from various academic fields that offer a comprehensive perspective on current developments in some of the region’s political, social, and environmental conflicts as well as on approaches to their management and resolution. The contributions include case studies from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand, as well as analyses of the status and prospects of regional security cooperation within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

     

    Guest Editor: Gunnar Stange 

    Managing Editor: Iris O'Rourke 

    Cover Photo: Sina Kowalewski 

    Layout: Thomas Gimesi

  • Mobilities
    Vol 6 No 2 (2013)

    In recent years, an increasing number of empirical and theoretical studies dealing with mobilities in Asia have focused on international forms of movements. Important research areas in this context are tourism and transnational migration flows.  ASEAS 6(2) addresses a variety of issues concerning mobilities in South-East Asia, including case studies that involve moving people and objects in or from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

    Managing Editors: Alexander Trupp & Claudia Dolezal

    Cover Photo: Natt Muangsiri / Two Steps Behind: Thailand Hua Lumphong Departed Bangkok

    Layout: Christian Bothe

  • Social Movements
    Vol 6 No 1 (2013)

    The papers of the present issue on social movements in South-East Asia shed light upon specific aspects of social activism and add knowledge to existing assumptions on the formation, organization (or institutionalization), and eventual impact of social movements in the region.

    Managing Editors: Dayana Parvanova, Melanie Pichler

    Cover Photo: Helena Manhartsberger: Walls of revolution: A snap from the workshop of Samijoyo Allstars, Central Java, Indonesia, 2013

    Layout: Christian Bothe

  • Environment
    Vol 5 No 2 (2012)

    Managing Editor: Melanie Pichler

    Guest Editor: Oliver Pye

    Cover Photo: Rainforest Action Network:Turning the Page on Rainforest Destruction, Indonesia, 2011

    Layout: Christian Bothe

     

  • Health
    Vol 5 No 1 (2012)

    This special issue of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies has its focus on ‘Health in South-East Asia’. Health, illness, and well-being have always played a part in the life of all human beings, and situated within the new public health perspective, health, illness, and the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities are determined by a diverse range of complex personal, social, cultural, environmental, and economic factors as well as health care systems (Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing [AIHW], 2010). This is also referred to as determinants of health (Liamputtong, Fanany, & Verrinder, 2012; Marmot & Wilkinson, 2006; Taylor, 2008). Conceptually, the focus of this perspective is on factors which could influence and determine the health of people, instead of on the state and outcomes of their health. It also underscores the prevention of ill health, rather than the measurement of illness (Keleher & Murphy, 2004; Rumbold & Dickson-Swift, 2012; Taylor, 2008). ...

    Guest Editor: Pranee Liamputtong

    Managing Editor: Michelle Proyer

    Cover Photo: Hijamah - Wet Cupping, Indonesia (photo by Lukman Hakim Bin Yahya, ManBooX Photography)

    Layout: Christian Bothe

  • Borderlands & Border Studies
    Vol 4 No 2 (2011)

    Managing Editor: Christian Wawrinec

    Guest Editor: Alexander Horstmann

    Cover Photo: Kuba Ryniewicz: Inside Sajeev Digital Studio, Singapore, July 2011

    Layout: Christian Bothe

  • Tourism
    Vol 4 No 1 (2011)

    Managing Editor: Alexander Trupp

    Cover Photo: Christian Bothe: Exhausted Tourists Gather for Sunset on Top of a Crowded Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, June 2002

    Layout: Christian Bothe

  • Vol 3 No 2 (2010)

    Managing Editors: Alfred Gerstl & Christian Wawrinec

    Cover Photo: Door girl doing her duty, the Shwe Mann Cinema - Yangon, Myanmar (photo by Philip Jablon)

    Layout: Christian Bothe

  • Vol 3 No 1 (2010)

    Managing Editor: Christian Wawrinec

    Cover Photo: Akha New Year Festival, Myanmar, 2008 (photo by Alexander Trupp & Kosita Butratana)

    Layout: Christian Bothe

     

  • Vol 2 No 2 (2009)

    Managing Editor: Christian Wawrinec

  • Vol 2 No 1 (2009)

    Managing editors: Belinda Helmke & Christian Wawrinec

  • (In-)Equalities in South-East Asia
    Vol 1 No 2 (2008)

    Managing Editors: Belinda Helme & Alfred Gerstl

  • Islam in South-East Asia
    Vol 1 No 1 (2008)

    Managing Editors: Alfred Gerstl & Erwin Schweitzer