South and Southeast Asian History

The editors in the field of South and Southeast Asia History focus on reviews of publications on single states in their areas as well as on the maritime history of the Indian Ocean and its eastern extensions. Additionally we concentrate on sub-national and supra-national regionalisation in the area. South Asia and Southeast Asia consist of the so called "Indian Subcontinent" as well as insular (mainly Indonesia) and mainland South East Asia. 
 Michael Mann covers South Asia (including the countries India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maledives) and the Indian Ocean. He supervises the fields of labour and migration, urbanisation and industrialisation in all its dimensions from economic to political and cultural aspects from the eighteenth century onwards. Emphasis is put on the connectedness between the regions, which is against the background of a historiography that insisted and still insists on national boundaries.
Boike Rehbein covers Mainland Southeast Asia (especially Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) as well as the global South in general. His foci are social structures and inequality in local, national, transnational and global perspectives. He studies contemporary globalization but against a historical background.

Michael Mann

is professor of modern South Asian History and Society at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and Acting Director of the Institut für Asien und Afrikawissenschaften. He works on the history of social and political transformations since the middle of the 18th century as well as the history of historiography in South Asia. 

Focal Points:
- British colonial history in South Asia
- Urbanisation, Town-Planning
- South Asia and the Indian Ocean rim

contact: michael.mann(at)

Boike Rehbein

is professor for society and transformation in Asia and Africa at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He has published widely in the fields of sociology and Southeast Asian studies.

Focal Points:
- Contemporary globalization
- Social theory
- Mainland Southeast Asia

contact: boike.rehbein(at)

Vincent Houben 

is professor of modern Southeast Asian history and society at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. His research interests include the comparative history of Southeast Asia, theory and methods of area studies, economic as well as colonial history of insular Southeast Asia in particular.

contact: Vincent.houben(at)