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CITAS has three regular events series, each of which has its own sub-page here.

  • The CITAS Lecture Series takes place each winter semester and addresses themes relevant to transnational, transregional and comparative area studies.
  • The Brownbag Sessions take place on selected Wednesdays throughout the semester and give a platform to international visiting scholars who are in Regensburg, as well as to emerging projects from Regensburg-based scholars.
  • CITAS Dialog events form a series of public discussions on themes that are relevant to society today.

Other events organized by CITAS, including an archive of past activites, can be found on this page. The first CITAS Conference from May 2019 has its own page.

LECTURE SERIES - Summer Semester 2021

Sprachliche Dynamiken im Raum: Sprachinseln zwischen Begegnung und Abschottung

CITAS is pleased to be collaborating with the Institute of Romance Studies and FoMuR in supporting this lecture series on linguistic dynamics and language islands.

The series takes place on Tuesdays, and exceptionally Thursdays, during the summer semester 2021.

The full programme is available here.

Globalization and Nationalisms: Historical Perspectives on a Complex Relationship - lecture series

Summer Semester 2021, Mondays, 18:00-20:00

This lecture series cooperation between the University of Regensburg (UR), the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) at UR, the University of Bayreuth (UB), the Institute for African Studies (IAS) at UB, the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple: Reconfiguring African Studies" at UB, and the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World".

The full programme and more details are available here.

Research Colloquium of the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World" and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies 

Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni - The Cognitive Empire and Coloniality of Knowledge in Africa

The KNOW-IN Network is pleased to be collaborating with the Research Colloquium of the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World" and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies.

We invite all workshop participants to join the lecture by Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni on "The Cognitive Empire and Coloniality of Knowledge in Africa" at 16:15 on 1 July. Prof. Ndlovu-Gatsheni holds the Chair for Epistemologies of the Global South at the University of Bayreuth. More information about the upcomming talk you can find here.

DIMAS - Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies

DIMAS - the Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies - is currently being developed. Here you can find an outline (in German) of the questions that will be explored at DIMAS and which professorships will be involved.

CITAS Brownbag Session

Christiane Reves (Arizona State University / REAF Visiting Professor) - Innovation, Interconnection, Interdisciplinarity: Examples from ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures

As part of the fellowship program by the Leibniz WissenschaftsCampus Europe and America in the Modern World, we proudly present Christiane Reves, lecturer in the German group at the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University.

Dr. Reves will present examples from research and teaching: from "ecologizing" the curriculum, virtual internships, community partnerships to interdisciplinary and transnational research. She will talk about ideas on local and regional history (Landes/Regionalgeschichte) in the transnational context and introduce the interdisciplinary research project on faith-based responses to migrants and refugees in comparative urban spaces, a comparison between Phoenix, AZ and Berlin, Germany. After a short presentation, there will be time for questions, discussions, and vision casting. More information about the comming talk you can find here.

When: June 21st 4:15pm

Where: Online via zoom (659 8056 3912)

The next lecture series takes place in Summer Semester 2021. Organized by Anne Brüske and Joanna Moszczyńska, the series explores "Rethinking Area Studies and Space from the "Global South"? Post/Colonial Perspectives and Glocal Challenges". More details on the lecture series page.

Past CITAS Events - Winter Semester 2020/21

27. Jan 2021, 12:15 Online Brownbag Session

Joanna Moszczyńska, Postdoc at CITAS, presented part of her ongoing project on Transcultural chronicles and travel writing in the 20th century. She received insightful feedback from colleagues, professors and any other interested audience members. In this presentation she will focus on the transatlantic conviviality evident in the works of Ryszard Kapuscinski and Gabriel García Márquez.

Find out more here.


Area Studies and the Challenges of the Digital Era - Online Discussion

This is the third event in the Area Studies Under Discussion series. In these online events doctoral researchers, postdocs and faculty in Leipzig, Marburg and Regensburg discuss the range and limits of Area Studies today and present their latest research in the field. On 18 January 2021 we will discuss the effects of digitization on area studies and what the field can contribute to the digital turn.... more


Zoom - https://uni-regensburg.zoom.us/j/88931485035


Lecture: Political Art at the U.S.-Mexico Border - Markus Heide (Hildesheim / Uppsala)

CITAS invites you to the following lecture, taking place as part of Prof. Dr. Anne Brüske's M.A. seminar “Diaspora Cultures in North America. Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx Cultural Expression in the United States”... more


Area Studies Advent: Meet the new Area Studies Professors at UR

Three new acting professors have joined UR to expand the scope of area studies teaching and research at the University. Join them on 2 December for a virtual gathering to learn more about their work and vision for area studies.

Prof. Dr. Anne Brüske - Acting Professor for Spatial Dimensions of Cultural Processes

Prof. Dr. Anna Steigemann - Acting Professor for Sociological Dimensions of Space

Prof. Dr. Andreas Sudmann - Acting Professor for Spaces of Virtual Communication

The three scholars will outline their ongoing research, teaching and approaches to theories of space and area studies. After a group discussion there will be an opportunity to join breakout rooms with each of the professors.

Feel free to join with a glass of mulled wine or Kinderpunsch, slice of Stollen or a Lebkuchen, or anything else, to give this gathering a more festive touch.

The event is open to all staff, faculty and students of UR, and of partner institutions such as IOS Regensburg.

Past CITAS Events - Winter Semester 2019/20

6 Nov - 1 Dec 2019. Films, Discussions, Music

Goodbye Socialism, Hello Capitalism: The Revolutions of 1989 in Europe and what remains


From 6 Nov to 1 Dec, discussions, films and a concert by the legendary Czech band The Plastic People of the Universe will take place in Regensburg. The series of public events addresses the legacies of the Revolutions of 1989 across East-Central Europe.

The full programme can be found here.

6 Nov, 18:00, Haidplatz 8 - Discussion: Ostbayern: Vom Zonenrandgebiet zur Mitte Europas. Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Kultur von den 1980er Jahren bis heute

10 Nov, 16:00, Leerer Beutel - Discussion with Plastic People of the Universe, followed by a concert at 20:00

19 Nov, 19:00, EBW, Am Ölberg 2 - Discussion: 1989 – Eine verpasste Chance? Das Erbe der Revolutionen im ehemaligen Ostblock

24 Nov, 14:00, Kino am Ostentor - Film: 12:08 Bucharest East

1 Dec, 14:00, Kino am Ostentor - Film: The Lust for Power/ Meciar

The Federal "Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung" is the main funder of this series of public events. The programme is coordinated by IOS, GS-OSES and CITAS, with support from numerous partners across the university and city.

2019 10 29 Joy Castro

29.10.2019, 18:30, Haus der Begegnung, Hinter der Grieb 8

Prof. Dr. Joy Castro (U of Nebraska-Lincoln): reading and discussion of her novel with Prof. Dr. Ursula Regener

CITAS is pleased to be collaborating with the Regensburg European-American Forum (REAF), with Prof. Dr. Joy Castro discussing and reading from her work in the centre of Regensburg at Haus der Begegnung on 29 October. Prof. Dr. Ursula Regener (UR) will be chairing the discussion and reading from the German translation of Joy Castro's writing.

She will also be speaking at a REAF Roundtable on 30 October at 16:00 in room ZH6. There she will discuss Writing Memoir, Writing Crime: Creative Vision as Sociopolitical Intervention.

For more information, check out the REAF Facebook page.

Visiting author Prof. Dr. Joy Castro will read flash essays from her creative nonfiction collection Island of Bones; a selection from Hell or High Water, her literary crime novel set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; and a new and forthcoming short story, "Betrayed." Prof. Dr. Ursula Regener (Universität Regensburg) will read from the German translation.

Castro's work probes the intersections of violence, power, sex, gender, race, and poverty. Also a critic of literature and film, she is the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir The Truth Book, two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began. Her work has appeared in venues including Ploughshares, Senses of Cinema, Brevity, Fourth Genre, North American Review, Salon, Afro-Hispanic Review, Gulf Coast, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, an alternate for the Berlin Prize, editor of the anthology Family Trouble, and a former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she’s the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.

Lecutre - in cooperation with IOS and GS-OSES

THURS, 19 SEPT, 18:00-20:00, Altes Finanzamt, Landshuster Str. 4, Room 017

Dirk Wiese, Member of the Bundestag

Ostpolitik? Realpolitik? Deutsch-russische Beziehungen seit der Ukraine-Krise

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On Thursday, 19 September 2019, Dirk Wiese, MdB, the German federal government's coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries, will give a public talk in Regensburg. Wiese will address the cooperation between Russia and Germany since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine in 2014. Since then, relations between Russia and Germany (or indeed Europe) have worsened gravely. The event is jointly organized by CITAS, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GS-OSES).

Wiese, a member of the Budenstag, will address different aspects of the problems in the relationship between Russia and Germany as well as the European Union since the emergence of the Ukraine crisis in 2014. He will also present possible approaches for their solution.

Dirk Wiese, MdB studied law and is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. He has been a member of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, since 2013. In April 2018, he was appointed as coordinator of the German federal government for the intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.

Cooperation: Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Center for International and GSOSES.

Where: Regensburg - WiOS Regensburg, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg, Room 017

When: Thursday, 19.09.2019, 6-8 p.m.

Past CITAS Events - Summer Semster 2019

Friday 12 April, IOS/Altes Finanzamt, Landshuter Str. 4, 18.00-Midnight


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Together with colleagues from IOS - the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, CITAS contributed to the programme showcasing Regensburg's transnational area studies research. There has been a family-friendly block from 6-8 p.m., including short talks on communist-era cartoons, space exploration and cars followed by a discussion with academics and business figures discussing the potential and threats to business in light of tensions in Europe, economic populism and Brexit.

The night ended with a pub quiz. The pub quiz "prOST!" was sponsored by Bischofshof brewery.

Past CITAS Events - Winter Semester 2018/19

Friday 15 February 2019, 9.00-15.00, next to the Audimax

Regensburger Hochschultag - Degree Fair

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witha stand at the Regensburg University Day
and presented on the basis of the new flyer an
overview of the study courses with double
degrees of the Philosophical Faculties,
which are conducted in cooperation with
European partner universities.

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Wintersemester 18/19, Mondays 18-20 c.t., H4 Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude

Lecture Series: Beyond the Nation? International and Transnational Oders and Identities

Citas Ringvorlesung 18-19In Winter Semester 2018/19, CITAS coordinated a lecture series titled “Jenseits der Nation? Internationale und transnationale Ordnungen und Identitäten” (Beyond the Nation? International and Transnational Orders and Identities). The lectures were hold on Mondays at 18.15 and presented multidisciplinary perspectives with contributions from cultural studies, history, linguistics, political science, law and economics. The individual lectures also explored a range of regions and the interconnections between them, including North and Latin America, Southern, South East, Eastern and Western Europe. Globalisation and its relations to the national provided a broader framework for the lecture series. Overall it offered a broad overview of the innovative research in area  studies being conducted in Regensburg, while there was also a contribution from Michael Khodarkovsky (Loyola U, Chicago), who was a visiting lecturer in Regensburg.

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The series argued that the world is highly interconnected and entangled today. On the one hand, political, economic, legal, linguistic and cultural borders are being overcome. On the other hand, there are clear manifestations of nationalistic tendencies. This tension between overcoming the national and a return towards nationally-oriented models of political order and cultural identity in past and present was explored in this lecture series in interdisciplinary and multidimensional approaches.

The lectures were well attended by students, staff and the public alike. Overall, 38 students from across the disciplines took  the final exam, testing their knowledge on a range of subject and regions.

Information about past lectures and the respective speakers of the CITAS lecture series can be found below.

CITAS would like to express its sincere gratitude to all the lecturers who participated in the series, taking their time to provide stimulating talks and lead lively discussions afterwards.

12. Dec. 2018, 16.15-17.45, GSOSES, Landshuter Str. 4

Peter Hiller (DAAD, Bonn) Developments in Higher Education in Russia

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Peter Hiller (DAAD, Bonn) led an engaging and insightful discussion on Developments in Higher Education in Russia. The event was held in German at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies. CITAS was a partner of this event, alongside BAYHOST, the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and the Europaeum.

Dr. Hiller is head of Section P23 at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which is responsible for Project Cooperation in Europe, the Southern Caucausus and Central Asia. As a graduate in Slavonic Studies, he has applied his knowledge across the region, including serving as the head of the DAAD offices in Moscow and Warsaw. Here he shared his insights on current developments in higher education in Russia and the role of the DAAD in facilitating exchange.

He offered a fascinating image of a higher education system in transformation, one including a combination of forms and reforms familiar to the German and Bologna-inspired European system, as well as elements that are specific to the post-Soviet realm. Thus, a centrally-supported excellence programme runs in parallel with a system that maintains somewhat aged academic personnel in leading positions in poorly-funded universities. Likewise, the Russian higher education system encourages exchanges and contact with colleagues and institutions abroad, while also requiring publications in indexed foreign journals, particularly in the English-language. At the same time, the presence of security officers at universities, scepticism towards foreign NGOs and - in some centres - an unwillingness to travel abroad, means that efforts towards internalization can face barriers.

Dr. Hiller showed how the DAAD is a culturally sensitive and politically astute actor that negotiates the higher education landscape in Russia adeptly facilitating significant two-way exchanges that are and will continue to be of interest not only the STEM subjects, which flourish in Russia, but also to the social sciences and humanities.

Weds 21 Nov 2018, 18:00, Sammelgebäude Room 214

Projektschmiede. Project Workshop at CITAS

Anvil-1169340 1920Following the first CITAS Workshop, held in June 2018, CITAS created this follow-up event. The "Projektschmiede", or Project Workshop, brought together some of the participants of the initial workshop, as well as other interested professors, early career researchers and members of the university from across the disciplines. There were representatives of the social sciences and humanities, cultural studies and history, law and economics, as well as pedagogy and education.

One of the goals of CITAS is to inspire and generate new and innovative collaborative research projects on various scales, from  supporting individual projects  and early career research networks to developing larger-scale research groups and collaborative research centres, that would complement the strong comparative and transnational area studies already established in Regensburg.

At the "Projektschmiede" several ideas for projects were presented that encourage a multidisciplinary and comparative area studies approach. The ideas benefitted from collegial feedback, generating some encounters with colleagues who might previously have been unfamiliar. The evening also provided a fruitful forum for discussing some of the current trends and turns in area studies, exploring how they might be implemented in Regensburg in l

Past CITAS Events - Summer Semster 2018

11 July 2018, 14:00, Sammelgebäude 214

ag:itas Working Group for International and Transnational Area - Planning and information meeting

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CITAS has founded ag:itas - the Working Group for International and Transnational Area Studies as a bottom-up initiative for early career scholars working in area studies in Regensburg. It is aimed a postdocs, doctoral researchers and advanced master's students (aka Pre-Docs).

An informal information and planning meeting over coffee, open to all, will take place on Wednesday 11 July at 14:00 at CITAS. If the time and date does not suit you, but you are still interested in being involved in ag:itas, please get in touch by email. For more information please see the ag:itas website.

27 June 2018, 13:00-18:30, CITAS (Sammelgebäude 214)

CITAS Workshop 1: Area Studies Revisited: Theories, Methods, Concepts

Workshop 01 PosterWe would like to invite our colleagues and partners to the first internal CITAS workshop: Area Studies Revisited. The workshop will begin with an overview of current research in area studies before moving onto a discussion of the contributions that different disciplines can make conceptually and methodologically to a transregional area studies. The event will end with an open discussion on the future of area studies in Regensburg.

The discussion will be in German with the exception of one paper.

The program is available here.

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Workshop report published: Area Studies Revisited: Theories, Methods, Concepts

*** Read the Workshop Report here ***

On 27 June 2018, CITAS hosted its first workshop - Area Studies Revisited: Theories, Methods, Concepts. Despite Germany's decisive World Cup match taking place at the same time, the event was well-attended with over fifty people coming to hear the papers and contributing to the discussion. Those in attendance came from all levels of academia, from students through doctoral researchers and postdocs, to professors.

Img 20180627 165101The debates focused on the meaning and practice of area studies in and across particular disciplines, with attention focusing on the significance of ideas of space, cultural contact and boundaries or borders.

A report on the particular panels and the discussions is available here.

We would like to thank all the participants for theiImg 20180627 144114r contributions and the audience for their inspired input.

A follow-up event, addressing the question of which themes and topics are suited to comparative area studies research in Regensburg, is in the planning for the start of the 2018/19 winter semester in October.

REAF @ 10. 28-29 June 2018. University of Regensburg, P.T. 3.0.79 (Großer Sitzungssaal)

Regensburg European American Forum celebrates its tenth anniversary including:Roundtable discussion with the CITAS Executive Board members and Volker Depkat. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel.

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Our friends at the Regensburg European American Forum are celebrating their tenth anniversary on 28-29 June with a programme of lectures, talks and discussions addressing a broad range of transnational, Transatlantic and global themes. The opening keynote lecture by David Savran (CUNY) will take place at 17:00 on 28 June.

The members of the CITAS Executive Board are delighted to have been invited alongside Volker Depkat to participate in a roundtable discussion on Area Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on 29 June at 15:15. It wil be moderated by the President of the University of Regensburg, and REAF founder, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel.

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