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.