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Seminar: Moderne Geschiedenis van Zuid- en Zuidoost-Azië


Admission requirements

Completion of first year of TCZZOA; students with other backgrounds may, however, be eligible for admission at the lecturers’ discretion.


Writers on South and Southeast Asia have given social science some of its key texts and its most productive ideas. This seminar-based course is structured around a number of these leading ideas and the debates they have generated. Students read the original literature and conduct active discussions around it and its implications, both for the study of South and Southeast Asian history and for the study of history in general. Among the concepts debated are: subaltern histories; dual economies; moral economies; patrons and clients; theatre states; shadow states; imagined communities; ages of commerce, Asian values, women’s rights.

Course objectives

This course aims to give students a thorough and sophisticated knowledge of the literature and issues covered in the seminars, and an ability to debate those issues both in the regional context and in terms of their wider implications for the study and interpretation of history.


Mode of instruction

Guided discussion seminars

140 hours in total for 5 ECs, of which 24 hours of guided seminars and the remainder to be spent on reading (average of 4 hours a week) and preparing two assignments and seminar presentations, and the final examination.

Assessment method

50 percent assignments, presentations and debate
50 percent final examination.


Blackboard page available

Reading list

To be announced.


Registration via Usis is required.

Contact information

Prof.dr. David Henley ( and Prof. Dr Nira Wickramasinghe (