Mengajar dan Meneliti Asia Tenggara (MMAT)

Southeast Asia is not a mere geographical space with a passive role in the international arena. The region instead has been becoming an active agent to engage in the international political discourse that covers the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics, as well as, security issues.

The image of Southeast Asia as an actor that is capable of becoming an agent, is reflected in the political decision taken by the leaders of Southeast Asian countries to define and to present themselves as one single community, namely the ASEAN Community, and it has entered into force since 2016.

In spite of the fact that the constant debate over the conception of community in the ASEAN Community, the political decision to create the ASEAN Community has fostered the emergence of a Southeast Asian identity not only among political leaders but also among civil society and economic actors. In line with the increase of activities conducted by political leaders of ASEAN member states, activities promoted by civil society are also growing rapidly.

Meanwhile ironically, the level of interest and the number of studies conducted by academics regarding Southeast Asia are more developed outside the region. Specifically, in the Indonesian context, considering the important role that Indonesia plays in the regional dynamics, Indonesian academics and researchers have not given sufficient attention in Southeast Asian studies.

When compared to other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, the quantity and quality of research regarding Southeast Asia that has been conducted by Indonesian researchers, is still not dynamic. Departing from the need to develop methodology and to explore Southeast Asian studies in Indonesia, the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies took the initiative to organise the workshops on “ Teaching & Researching Southeast Asia”.

The workshops have started in 2012.



  1. Promote Southeast Asia as source of knowledge production.
  2. Foster interest toward Southeast Asian studies in Indonesia.
  3. Build a multidisciplinary community based on a network of academics that focus on Southeast Asian studies.
  4. Encourage and facilitate the publication of Southeast Asian studies conducted by Indonesian academics and researchers.


Activities and Topics

This program is divided into two parts that are separated but related to each other. The first session is a training inviting Southeast Asian experts to present a topic regarding Southeast Asia. While the second session, participants will be given the opportunity to present their academic work or essay and will receive feedbacks, critics and constructive suggestions from both the Southeast Asian experts and other participants. The participants’ academic work or essay will then be published by CESASS.


  1. Historical
  2. Economy and politics
  3. Social and culture



  1. Southeast Asian epistemology
  2. Political Comparison
  3. Current issues in Southeast Asia
  4. Research methodology



  1. The participants to the training and the workshop are professors, researchers or anyone interested in the issue of Southeast Asia. The program is open to a maximum of 30 participants who have passed the selection process.
  2. Participants are required to prepare their academic work or essay before the beginning of the program.
  3. Participants are required to pay a participation fee for the training and the workshop.


Contact us

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