Dr. Amanda tho Seeth (née Kovacs)

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • since 06/2022: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Hamburg; research fellow (co-lead) in the project "Freedom and Development? Religious Actors, Freedom of Religion and Belief and Sustainable Development"
    • 10/2021-03/2022: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies; Lecturer
    • 04/2021-11/2021: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Hamburg; research fellow in the project "Freedom and Development? Religious Actors, Freedom of Religion and Belief and Sustainable Development"; responsible for the case studies on Indonesia and India
    • 04/2021-09/2021: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; 50% interim professorship at the department of Transregional Southeast Asian Studies (Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs)
    • 10/2020-03/2021: l´École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)/Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE), Paris; postdoc fellow
    • education: PhD in Political Science at Philipps-Universität Marburg; Study of Islamic Studies, Indonesian Studies and Political Science at Universität Hamburg and Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

    Current Research

    • religious actors
    • sustainable development
    • Islam and politics
    • Islamic education
    • Islamic intellectuals
    • science diplomacy
    • transregionalism

    Countries and Regions

    • Islamic world, transregional
    • Indonesia
    • Maghreb

    Research Programmes

    Dr. Amanda tho Seeth (née Kovacs)

    Research Fellow


    Chapter in edited Volume | 08/2022

    Indonesian Islamic Academia as a Transregional Political Actor: Understanding Global Agency through Local History

    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion | 04/2022

    Islamic Universities and Identity Politics during Democratization: Contrasting Indonesia and Tunisia

    International Quarterly for Asian Studies (Internationales Asienforum) | 05/2021

    Democracy Taught: The State Islamic University of Jakarta and its Civic Education Course during Reformasi (1998-2004)

    Archipel | 2021

    "Electing a President is Islamic Worship": The Print Media Discourse of Azyumardi Azra during Reformasi (1998-2004)

    TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia | 2021

    From Consumption to Production: The Extroversion of Indonesian Islamic Education

    Prof. Dr. Delphine Allès

    Research Project | 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2023

    Freedom and Development? Religious Actors, Freedom of Belief and Religion, and Sustainable Development

    About 80% of the world's population professes a religion. In many countries, religious actors play a major role in development, e.g. education and the satisfaction of basic needs. At the same time, freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) seems to be increasingly restricted and "religious" conflicts seem to be on the rise. We contribute to the international discussion how religion, and in particular FoRB, affects the Sustainable Development Goals. The project will provide policy recommendations with regard to potential religious partners in development cooperation.
    BMZ, 2020-2023

    Speaker | 30/06/2022

    Indonesian Islamic Science Diplomacy

    Conference 30/06/2022

    Speaker | 13/05/2022

    Labeling Islam: The Diversity of Discourses on a Moderate Islam à la Indonesia

    Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University Fès: 13/05/2022

    GREASE (Religion, Diversity and Radicalisation) Conference: "Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion: Bringing Together European and Asian Perspectives"

    Speaker | 04/03/2022

    Laudatio on Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra and book launch of "Karsa untuk Bangsa: 66 Tahun Azyumardi Azra"

    Jaringan Islam Berkemajuan 04/03/2022


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