Goals and Objectives


CETRAS aims to advance our understanding of Asian societies and cultures by:


  • Reflecting the rapid change and dynamics of social, cultural, political, economic, health, law, land use and environmental systems in Asia and their entanglement in a globalized world;

  • Consolidating and documenting the multitude of research activities concerning Asia in Freiburg;

  • Promoting collaborative research on Asia at the University of Freiburg;

  • Developing inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaboration in Asian Studies;

  • Establishing international collaborative links in the form of research partnerships and online knowledge sharing with scientific institutions in Asia;

  • Combining disciplinary-based and area studies perspectives on Asia;

  • Applying mixed research methodologies with a focus on interdisciplinarity.

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