The focus of the Chair of Southeast Asian Studies lies on the comparative study of social and political change processes in Southeast Asia, with the following specialist areas:. Research and teaching focuses of the Chair of Comparative Development and Cultural Studies Focus: Southeast Asia lies on the issues of international and societal relevance in the field of Southeast Asian studies, with the following specialist areas:. Our work contributes to the analysis of post-colonial transformation processes in Southeast Asia. Teaching and research work is organized around the following four focal areas:.
Southeast Asian studies SEAS refers to research and education on the language , culture, and history of the different states and ethnic groups of Southeast Asia. Definitions of what constitutes Southeast Asia differ between scholars, which blurs the boundaries between Southeast Asian studies and other regional studies like Oriental studies and post-colonial studies. Southeast Asian studies incorporates anthropology, religious studies, linguistics, and international relations. The boundaries of Southeast Asia are contested due to historical, cultural, and linguistic similarities between some groups in Southeast Asia and neighboring regions like India and China. While the term "Southeast Asia" was first used in connection with the present region by American priest and educator Howard Malcom in , the region presently referred to as Southeast Asia was split between India and the Far East by anglophone scholars prior to the Second World War and de-emphasized as an area of study due to the presence of national interests in the region. Immediately after the conclusion of the Second World War, the beginnings of the Cold War drew the attention of United States think tanks and intelligence organizations away from Southeast Asia. Events such as the Revolution in China and fear about the spread of communism re-centered much of the monetary focus on to China and the Soviet Union.