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Regional Social and Cultural Studies

The RSCS programme is oriented towards the historical, sociological and anthropological examination of national and transnational processes within Southeast Asia. Specifically, RSCS is concerned with ethnographic practices and theory-building in the areas of contemporary histories, nation-building, ethnicity, religion, class and popular culture in the region.

Key research areas are the processes of nation-building, civil society and religion, cultural globalisation and identity-making, contemporary politics, and democratisation and multiculturalism in Southeast Asia. The programme publishes the internationally-refereed SOJOURN thrice a year. It covers topics on urbanisation, migration, ethnicity, religion, popular culture, nation-building, civil society, family and gender.