Prof. Dr Claudia Derichs

Associate Senior Fellow

Current affiliation

Humboldt University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Asian and African Studies



Prof. Dr Claudia Derichs joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow from October 2014–September 2015, where she conducted her research in Research Unit 2 'Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation'. She stays affiliated with the Centre as Associate Senior Fellow.

Research Project at the Centre

Knowledge Production and Global Cooperation

The project seeks to identify what may be provisionally termed the ‘latent determinants’ of global cooperation and non-cooperation. My assumption is that such ‘latent determinants’ exert influence apart from formal and informal institutions of trans- and international interaction. Oftentimes, they are embedded in a culturally and/or morally informed affinity of states and societies which facilitates or hampers cooperation. The empirical vantage point is the inter-regional cooperation between Asia and the Middle East/MENA region. The approach is hermeneutic, based on epistemic initiatives of Southeast Asian origin, i.e. demands to de-center the global knowledge production by shifting the view and acknowledging theories that derive from within different world regions rather than ‘testing’ theories originating in the global North in regions of the South.


Research Interests

  • Knowledge Production and Its Diversification
  • Gender and Political Islam in Southeast Asia and the MENA Region
  • 'Unwritten Rules' and 'Latent Determinants' of Political Interaction
  • Protest Movements in Japan
  • Relationship Between Area Studies and Disciplines
  • Development Theories

Current Projects

  • Knowledge Production and Global Cooperation
  • 'Unwritten Rules' of Political Interaction - Asia-Europe in Comparison
  • Shifting Epistemologies: Nationhood, Belonging, and Acceptance
  • Mediating Religious Pluralism in Zamboanga (Southern Philippines)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Full professor for Political Science and International Development Studies (Master and Bachelor classes)
  • Counseling for recipients of scholarships (PhD and postdoc) in German-Indonesian, German-Pakistani, and German-Arabic Cooperation
  • Lecturing for Master and PhD workshops at Qaidi-Azam-University, Pakistan
  • Teaching in ght UPEACE programme (dual campus master course of the UN-subsidized University for Peace, Costa Rica, and the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)


Expertise and Consulting Work

  • since 06/2013: Member of the MAP Community of Experts (Middle East Asia Project), Middle East Institute, Washington DC, USA
  • since 04/2013: Member of the editorial board of the journal Developing World Women: Justice, Law & Health (DW-JLH) (peer-reviewed journal of the Swedish Science Pioneers)
  • 01/2013: Expert for the Scientific Council Germany
  • 01/2013: Consultant for the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in the Republic of Korea
  • Consultant at the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) project for the foundation of a centre for German and European Studies in South Korea (Bonn/Seoul 2013)
  • since 07/2012: Member of the sponsoring association of the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute for cultural studies research (ABI), Universität Freiburg (Breisgau)
  • since 05/2012: Member of the scientific advisory board of the United Nations Society Marburg
  • 01/2012: Reviewer for the second round of the initiative for outstanding research of the German Research Association (DFG)
  • Selection member at the committee of the Alexander von Humboldt delegation, special research scholarships for postdocs and senior scientists from Egypt and Tunisia (Cairo, 2012)
  • Member of the expert committee of the Volkswagen Foundation for the development of a scholarship programme for graduates and postdocs from the MENA region (Hannover, 2012)
  • since 2011: Reviewer for the Schumpeter Fellowship Programme of the Volkswagen Foundation
  • Participation in the programme element Women’s Empowerment in the Arab Spring of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ankara, Turkey (Istanbul, 2011)
  • since 07/2010: Member of the Georg Forster selection committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Consultant at the Georg Forster Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (since 2010)
  • Member of the intercultural dialogue programme Germany-Indonesia of the German Foreign Office (since 2010)
  • since 10/2009: Member of the advisory board of the journal 'Gender'
  • since 07/2009: Member of the selection committee of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • since 01/2009: Member of the scientific advisory board of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Foundation Science and Politics, SWP)
  • Evaluation of the country programme Indonesia/East Timor 2009–2014
  • since 2007: Member of the advisory board of the journal Internationales Asienforum
  • Evaluation of the country programme Malaysia of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation 2000–2007
  • 1999–2004: Scientific Advisory Board (region South East Asia) of the German Society for Asia Studies
  • since 1999: peer reviewer for national and international journals and publishing houses (Brill, Routledge, Contemporary Islam; Asian Survey, Journals of the GIGA family, and others)


  • since 2004: Deputy chairperson of the German Society for Asia Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde, DGA)
  • since 10/2002: Member of the 'Hardenbergkreis' for European-Islamic Dialogue
  • 2002–2006: Member of the European-Asian dialogue programme of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
  • 1999–2004: Member of the German Society for Political Sciences (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft, DGfP)
  • since 1997: Member of the German Association of Political Sciences (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft, DVPW; various sections and working groups)
  • 1997–1999 and 2003-2006: Board member of the Association for Japan Studies in the Social Sciences (Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung), chair person for the working group 'politics'


Since 2018

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Department of Transregional Southeast Asian Studies



Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Department of Comparative Politics and International Development Studies



University of Hildesheim, Germany

Department of Political Sciences



DFG (German Research Association)

Heisenberg Scholarship


University of Duisburg-Essen



University of Duisburg-Essen

Institute for Comparative and International Politics



University of Duisburg-Essen



University of Duisburg-Essen

Institute for Comparative and International Politics/area South Asia

Visiting Professor


Gerhard Mercator University Duisburg, Germany

Institute of Political Sciences

Department of International Politics



Freie Universität Berlin

Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences

PhD (Dr. phil.)


University of Potsdam, Germany

Department of Comparative Politics/area East Asia

project work


Freie Universität Berlin

East Asian Seminar

temporary lecturer, courses about state and society of Japan for students of Political Sciences and Japanology


University of Bonn, Germany

Institute for Oriental Languages

Diploma (master equivalent) in Japanese, Arabic, Social Sciences and German as a Foreign Language

Seminars and Conferences

  • Co-Organisation of the International Workshop 'Democracy in Entangled Modernities', 18–19 January 2013, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany (co-funded by the DFG, excellency cluster Normative Orders/Frankfurt, CNMS Marburg, and others)
  • Organisation of the annual conference of the Association of Sociological Japan Research (VSJF), 'Japan and Southeast Asia – Varieties of an Intra-Regional Relationship', 23–25 November 2012 at Tagungshaus Weingarten (co-funded by Japan Foundation and DFG)
  • Co-Organisation of the Workshop 'Rethinking the Monarchy-Republic Gap in the Middle East', 20–21 September 2012 at Philipps-Universität Marburg (co-funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)
  • Co-Organisation of the annual conference of the DVPW-Section for Comparative Political Sciences 'Prädemokratie – Postdemokratie – Autokratie? – Zum Stand vergleichender Herrschaftsforschung', 29–31 March 2012 at Philipps-Universität Marburg (co-funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and Sparkasse Marburg-Biedenkopf)
  • Organisation und scientific chairing of the conference series 'Weingartener Asiengespräche', annually, Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, since 2010
  • Co-Organisation and -chairing of the international conference 'Religious Fundamentalisms and Their Gendered Impacts on Political Participation', Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 08/2008
  • Co-Organisation and -chairing of the international conference 'Gender Dynamics and Globalization: Comparative Perspectives on Japan and Asia', Berlin, Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin, 11/2004
  • Permanent member of the planning committee of the international conference series 'Women and Politics in Asia', conferences in Schweden, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Germany (funded by several national and international sponsors), 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
  • Co-Organisation und -chairing of the international conference 'Discourses on Political Reform and Democratization in East and Southeast Asia', University of Duisburg-Essen, 05/2002
  • Co-Organisation and -chairing of the meeting 'Soziale Bewegungen in Japan', and of the international conference 'Discourses on Political Reform and Democratization in East and Southeast Asia', Bonn, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, 10/1996



  • 2012: Invitation as Visiting Professor at Dokkyo University, Japan, Faculty of Foreign Languages, winter term 2013
  • 2010: Admission to AcademiaNet – Portal of excellent scientists in the German-speaking region (upon suggestion by the DFG)
  • 2006–2007: Heisenberg scholarship of the DFG
  • 07/2004: Teaching Award of the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 05/2004: Visiting Scholar of the Japan International Christian University Foundation
  • 2004: Nomination for the Philip Morris Research Award 2004

Selected Publications

Derichs, Claudia (ed., 2014): Women’s Movements and Counter Movements. The Quest for Gender Equality in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Derichs, Claudia/Mark R. Thompson (eds., 2013): Dynasties and Female Political Leaders in Asia. Gender, Power and Pedigree, Berlin et al.: LIT

Derichs, Claudia (2014): Constitutional Rights in Multiethnic States – The Case of Malaysia, in: Ehlers, Dirk/Henning Glaser/Kittisak Prokati (eds.): Constitutionalism and Good Governance: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 255–79

Derichs, Claudia, with Daniel Pinéu (2011): Security and Gender: Feminist Approaches to the Concept of Security; in: Schuck, Christoph (ed.): Security in a Changing Global Environment: Challenging the Human Security Approach. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 233–59

Derichs, Claudia (2010): Europa als Counterpart des “Orient”: Asiatische Perspektiven <Europe as Counterpart of the Orient: Asian Perspectives>; in: Gehler, Michael/Silvio Vietta (Hg.): Europa – Europäisierung – Europäistik: Neue wissenschaftliche Ansätze, Methoden und Inhalte <Europe-Europeanization-European Studies: New scientific approaches, methods, and contents>, Wien et al.: Böhlau, 381–94

Derichs, Claudia (2014): Theory-Driven Conceptualization and Epistemic Reflection in Comparative Area Studies, in: Asien. The German Journal on Contemporary Asia. Issue 132(2014) on ‘Asia and Europe in Transdisciplinary Perspective’, 5–11

Derichs, Claudia (2014): Asiatische Zeitenwende? – Von der bipolaren zur polyzentrischen Weltordnung <Asian Swing of Tide? – From Bipolar to Polycentric World Order>; in: PVS Sonderheft 48 <Political Science Quarterly (PVS) Special Issue 48>: Jakobeit, Cord et al. (Hg.): Entwicklungstheorien. Weltgesellschaftliche Transformationen, entwicklungspolitische Herausforderungen, theoretische Innovationen <Development Theories. World Society Transformations, Developmental Challenges, Theoretical Innovations> (in print)

Derichs, Claudia (2013): Gender and Transition in Southeast Asia: Conceptual Travel?, in: Asia Europe Journal, Vol. 11(2): 113–27

Derichs, Claudia (2010): Transnational Women’s Movements and Networking: The Case of Muswah for Equality in the Family; in: Gender, Technology and Development 14 (Special Issue: Women in National Politics in Asia: A Springboard for Gender Democracy?) (Nov., 3): 405–21

Derichs, Claudia (guest editorship, 2015, with Thomas Demmelhuber and Russell Lucas, eds.): Journal of Arabian Studies. Special Issue on ‘Rethinking the Monarchy-Republic Gap in the Middle East’, 2014.

Derichs, Claudia (guest editorship, 2014): International Quarterly for Asian Studies. Vol. 44(2013):3-4 on ‘Japan and Southeast Asia’

Derichs, Claudia (guest editorship, 2010, with Cecilia Ng and Andrea Fleschenberg): Gender, Technology and Development. Special Issue Nr. 14(2010)3 on ‘Women and National Politics in Asia – A Springboard for Gender democracy?’