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International Teaching Research Project in Cooperation with Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Since 2004, the Anthropology departments of the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg (“Institut für Ethnologie” and “Jurusan Antropologi”) have organized annual student-centered “Tandem-Research” summer schools. During these projects, taking place alternately in Indonesia and Germany, lecturers from both universities supervise German-Indonesian pairs as they take part in fieldwork training and practice. This reciprocal transcultural research collaboration offers multiple perspectives on the research topics and helps to overcome polarized distinctions. It makes reflexive use of and at the same time challenges positions like “insider” and “outsider”, and simultaneously it reveals peculiarities of academic cultures. 

From 2011 until 2017, the cooperation has been extended to an interdisciplinary level by including the departments of Political Science/International Relations of both universities. The program was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for many years. The tandem model has also been extended to the level of anthropological PhD research. 

Since 2018, the program also integrates students from the University of Basel, Switzerland (in the context of European Campus). The program proved to be sustainable as all participating universities provide funding for their own students.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, in 2020 the program has been transformed: digital tandems, consisting of Indonesian and German students, collaborate via Internet. The students conduct (online and offline) research at home, yet they work in tandems on joint research questions and bring their experiences and results together for the sake of cross-cultural comparison, exchange and global perspectives.

Source: Homepage Southeast Asian Studies


Digital Tandem Research 


For more information and an overview of the past research projects, please refer to the German version of this website (some articles there are also written in English).  


Online articles on the project:

Badische Zeitung Article, 28 June 2011

Spiegel Article, 17 November 2011