Short CV/Education and training

  • 1965
    Born in Heinsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

  • 1975 – 1984
    Kreisgymnasium Heinsberg grammar school, Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1984 – 1991
    University of Bonn; Studied in the Department of Oriental Languages toward the Diplom degree; first foreign language: Japanese (-> Japanese studies); second foreign language: Arabic (-> Arabic studies)

  • 1988 – 1989
    Studied at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1988 and 1990
    Guest student at the University of Cairo, Egypt, Japanese studies department

  • 1991
    Diplom degree in translation for the languages Japanese and Arabic; minor in social sciences

  • Since 1991
    Regular research trips to Japan, including at the Institute for Developing Economies (DIE), to Southeast Asia and to the Middle East

  • 1991 – 1992
    Organised and implemented the course of study "The society, politics and economy of Japan" in Potsdam/Brandenburg, Germany, in collaboration with the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Small Business and Technology and Economic Development Brandenburg

  • 1992 – 1995
    Doctoral fellowship in the Berlin NaFöG programme (junior academics programme); also instructor in the Seminar of East Asian Studies at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin; courses on the government and society of Japan for students of political science and Japanese studies

  • 1994
    Doctorate (Dr phil.) in the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences II at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1994 – 1995
    Research associate, University of Potsdam, participated in projects in the area of comparative politics with an emphasis on East Asia

  • 1995 – 1996
    Research associate, Comprehensive University of Duisburg, Department of Political Science, area of international politics

  • 1996 – 1998
    Acting C4 professor of comparative and international politics, with an emphasis on East Asia, Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 1998
    Research assistant, Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 1999 – 2004
    Research associate, Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 2004
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) at the University of Duisburg-Essen in comparative and international politics

  • 2004 – 2006
    C2 senior assistant professor, University of Duisburg-Essen

  • 2007 – 2010
    W3 University professor of political science at the University of Hildesheim

  • Since 2010
    W3 University professor (W3) of comparative politics / international development studies at Marburg University

Selected publications

  • Derichs, C. (ed.): Diversity and Female Political Participation. Views on and from the Arab World. Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung 2010.

  • Derichs, C.: Nationenbildung in Malaysia als strategisches Staatshandeln. Bemühungen um die Schaffung nationaler Identität. Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde 2004.

  • Derichs, C.: Japans Neue Linke. Soziale Bewegung und außerparlamentarische Opposition, 1957-1994. Hamburg: Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG) 1995.

  • Derichs, C. et al.: Why Ideas Matter. Ideen und Diskurse in der Politik Chinas, Japans und Malaysias. Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde 2004.

  • Derichs, C., Heberer, T. (eds.): Einführung in die politischen Systeme Ostasiens. 2nd, updated and expanded edition. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2008.

  • Derichs, C., Fleschenberg, A. (eds.): Religious Fundamentalisms and Their Gendered Impacts in Asia. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 2010.

  • Derichs, C.: Islamische Familiengesetze: Vom Zankapfel zum Reformobjekt. In: Schulze, F., Warnck, H. (eds.), Islam in Gesetzgebung und Verfassung Südostasiens. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2010 (in press).

  • Derichs, C.: Europa als Counterpart des "Orient": Asiatische Perspektiven. In: Gehler, Michael, Vietta, S. (eds.): Europa - Europäisierung - Europäistik: Neue wissenschaftliche Ansätze, Methoden und Inhalte. Vienna etc.: Böhlau 2010, pp. 381-394.

  • Derichs, C.: Transnational Women's Movements and Networking: The Case of Muswah for Equality in the Family. In: Gender, Technology and Development (Special Issue 2010) (to appear shortly).

  • Derichs, C., Mols, M.: Das Ende der Geschichte oder ein Zusammenstoß der Zivilisationen? Bemerkungen zu einem interkulturellen Disput um ein asiatisch-pazifisches Jahrhundert. In: Zeitschrift für Politik 3, 1995. pp. 225-249.


Selected projects

  • Transformation, democratisation and Islamisation in Southeast Asia and the Middle East from the perspective of gender (applied for funding and leading the project), German Research Foundation (DFG) funding, 2009 – 2011

  • Transnational Advocacy Networks of Muslim women: Organisation, goals and countermovements at the national and transnational levels (applied for funding and leading the project), Gerda Henkel Foundation, 2010 – 2012

  • Diversity and Social Protection among Turkish Communities in Germany and Australia (applied for funding and led the project), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), project-based exchange of participants, 2008 – 2009

  • Co-organisation and co-management of the international conference "Religious Fundamentalisms and Their Gendered Impacts on Political Participation", Bonn, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 2008

  • Co-organisation and co-management of the international conference "Gender Dynamics and Globalization: Comparative Perspectives on Japan and Asia", Berlin, Japanese–German Centre Berlin, 2004

  • Dynasties and female politic leaders in East, Southeast and South Asia (applied for funding and led the project), DFG funding, 2003 – 2006

  • Co-organisation and co-management of the international conference "Discourses on Political Reform and Democratization in East and Southeast Asia", Comprehensive University of Duisburg, 2002

  • Discourses on Political Reform and Democratization in East and Southeast Asia (applied for funding and led the project together with Prof. Thomas Heberer, Comprehensive University of Duisburg), DFG funding, 2000 – 2003

  • Transformation of political systems in East and Southeast Asia (participated under the leadership of Prof. Wolfram Wallraf, University of Potsdam), funding from the Brandenburg Ministry for Economic Affairs, 1994 – 1996

  • Co-organisation and co-management of the meeting "Social movements in Japan", Bonn, Gustav Stresemann Institute, 1996

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the selection committee for the Georg Forster Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, since 2010

  • Member of the research advisory board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), 2009 – 2011

  • Member of the advisory board of the journal Internationales Asienforum – International Quarterly for Asian Studies, since 2009

  • Member of the selection committee for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), since 2009

  • Deputy chairperson of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA), since 2005

  • Editor of the book series Politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (Perspectives in Political Science); LIT-Verlag

  • Co-editor of the journal ASIEN: German Journal for Politics, Economy and Culture, since 2005

  • Academic director of the conference series Weingartener Asiengespräche ("conversations on Asia"), Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (yearly)

  • Member of the organisational committee of the international conference series Women and Politics in Asia (four conferences so far 2003, 2005, 2005, 2009) in Sweden, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Germany (2011: Philippines)

  • Member of the "Hardenbergkreis" for European–Islamic dialogue, since 2002

  • In the European–Asian dialogue programme of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, since 2002

  • Member of the academic advisory board (Southeast Asia) of the German Association for Asian Studies, since 1999

  • Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft (DGfP – German political science association), 1999 – 2004

  • Member of the German Association of Political Sciences (DVPW) (working areas: Politics & religion; Democracy research; Politics and gender), since 1997

  • Board member of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan; head of the subject area Politics, 1994 – 1997 and 2003 – 2006

Additional qualifications

Work on various university bodies:

  • Senate, University of Hildesheim and Marburg University

  • Equal opportunity commission and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies

  • Research commission

  • Doctoral committee

  • General examination committee

  • Search committee and Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) committee

  • Special group for planning the MA course "International relations and development policy", University of Duisburg-Essen

Further activities:

  • Journalistic activity on academic topics (e.g., for the newspaper DUZ)

  • Trainer in intercultural training (for personnel in leadership positions preparatory to assignments abroad), including at Carl Duisberg Centren


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