ASEAS 11(2) published!

ASEAS' editorial team is pleased to announce the online publication of ASEAS 11(2) – Forced Migration!

The current issue focuses on the highly topical theme of forced migration in Southeast Asia. The region 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. Thus far, there exists only very limited knowledge on how the low protections standards in most Southeast Asian countries specifically affect the lives of refugees and asylum seekers and their coping and adaptation strategies respectively.


The contributions to this issue address this research gap as they are primarily concerned with the question of how the life realities of refugees and asylum seekers are being shaped in socio-political environments that have no or very low protection standards. In his contribution, Thomas Mitchell Brown focuses on refugee-led education initiatives in Cisarua, a small town in West Java, Indonesia. Based on ethnographic research, the author documents refugee resilience and self-reliance, tracing the emergence of refugee-led education initiatives, detailing their form, function, and benefits to the community, and analyzing the contextual factors that drove their emergence and proliferation. In her article, Jera Lego scrutinizes the politics and practices of refugees’ and asylum seekers’ registrations in Malaysia and Thailand. Based on extensive field work, Lego traces the cases of registration exercises along the Thai-Myanmar border and mobile registration in Kuala Lumpur until around 2013. In doing so she analyses the mechanisms and technologies employed by the UNHCR in cooperation with non-governmental organizations for registering and identifying refugees from Myanmar. Antje Missbach, Yunizar Adiputera, and Atin Prabandari focus on the sub-national level of refugee protection in Indonesia. Their article responds to changes initiated by the 2016 Indonesian Presidential Regulation on Handling Foreign Refugees, which delegated more responsibility for managing refugees to the sub-national levels of the administration. By examining the current living conditions of asylum seekers and refugees in Makassar and comparing them to other places in Indonesia. Claudia Seise’s contribution refers to the broader historical context of migration to Indonesia. The author discusses female-only Maulid celebrations, remembering the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, among the Alawiyin (descendants from Hadhrami immigrants) in Palembang, South Sumatra. Seise argues that, in these celebrations, women express the religious emotions that they wish to show, but also express those emotions that are expected from them as signs of their love for the Prophet Muhammad. The In Dialogue section features an interview with the Indonesian peace and conflict advisor Shadia Marhaban, conducted by Gunnar Stange in Vienna, in June 2018. Shadia Marhaban speaks about her experiences in violence prevention work in the city of Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines, in the aftermath of the mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of people during the so-called siege of Marawi in 2017.

Enjoy reading!

Open Call for Papers

We invite authors from social sciences and humanities as well as area studies to submit high level research articles.

There is no deadline for submissions. You can submit your manuscript throughout the year online at ASEAS website.

For further queries, please contact the editorial team!


Book Reviews

We also invite Book Reviews of recent scientific publications on Southeast Asia! Editor suggestions include Chambers, et. al. (Eds.) (2018). Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics, and Maier-Knapp (2018). Southeast Asia and the European Union: Non-Traditional Security Crises and Cooperation.

For further queries, please contact the editorial team!