SEACOM southeast asia communication centre Berlin was founded in 1990 by scholars on SEA Studies, pedagogues and
legally certified professional interpreters/linguists. The organisation has been registered as Gesellschaft
bürgerlichen Rechts since 1994. The objectives and aims of SEACOM are to enhance intercultural communication and
academic co-operation between Europe and Asia through building international networks, to cooperate
with Asian and Southeast Asian institutions
in the fields of
SEA Studies and culture, and to accomplish own and collaborative research projects.
SEACOM is a non-profit organisation. All resources are exclusively used for the aims mentioned above.
SEACOM is organised in three departments:
1) Research Dept.;
2) Dept. of Culture and Intercultural Communication; and
3) Academic Translation Service.
The centre has a small library with more than 3000 books, journals and AV media, especially on Southeast Asia. The centre owns a collection of approximately 200 photographs for exhibitions, 60.000 diapositives and digital photographs, and a collection of about 50 finest textiles from SEA.
SEACOM is not financed by the German state or by public grants. Financial resources mainly come from collaborative projects, sponsoring, private donations, foundations, but also from the distribution of publications, ordered research, and from translation services.
SEACOM cooperates with cultural institutions and NGOs of Southeast Asian poeple in Germany, and with research and cultural institutions in Southeast Asia. Since June 1996, SEACOM regularly has been publishing the series "SEACOM Studies on Southeast Asia", "literAsia" (Southeast Asian Literatures in Western Languages), and "Tai Culture - Interdisciplinary Tai Studies Series". The series "Tai Culture" represent Tai and Thai Studies in Germany and internationally.
SEACOM carries out several short- and mid-term research projects in the fields of Southeast Asian Studies in co-operation with universities and research institutions in Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam. Short-term cultural projects include exhibitions, public lectures, cultural events (dance, music, martial arts), and children's projects days.