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Welcome to DIMAS and CITAS

Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies - DIMAS

CITAS was founded in 2017 as a platform for coordinating and developing collaborative area studies activities between institutions, projects and colleagues in Regensburg.

The Center is now being developed into DIMAS, the Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies. Find out more about DIMAS here, including the five professors based directly in the Department. 

Until DIMAS develops a full website of its own, it will continue to be represented on the CITAS page.

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You can find the most recent newsletter, covering the start of winter semester 2022/23, here. Please send us an email or follow the mailing list link to sign up for (or stop) regular updates.


Fairville - für faire Städte: DIMAS-Project under supervision of UR-Professor Dr. Anna Steigemann received funding by Horizon Europe

Anna Steigemann, Professor of Sociological Dimensions of Space, at DIMAS is part of a consortium that has secured EU-Horizon funding for Fairville - Facing inequalities and democratic challenges through co-production in cities. The project intends to address embedded urban inequalities and the challenge this poses to democracy in large cities and urban regions. It will do so by intervening in low-income neighbourhoods that face a growing distance to the institutions and processes of representative democracy. Find out more about the project in the UR press release (in German) and on the Fairville website.

From CITAS to DIMAS - on the transition from a Center into a Department

In November, the newly elected board of DIMAS, Prof. Dr. Anna Steigemann and Prof. Dr. Rike Krämer-Hoppe, met with the President of the University of Regensburg, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, together with members of the CITAS Board and the manager of CITAS, and now DIMAS, to outline the transition from an area studies Center (CITAS) into a new Department (DIMAS) structure.

Find out more about this meeting and the work in area studies at UR in this report from the UR communication department (in German).

  • Image caption: Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, President of the UR (R) with members of the DIMAS and CITAS Boards and Manager: (L to R) Prof. Dr. Jochen Mecke, Prof. Dr. Anna Steigemann, Prof. Dr. Rike Krämer-Hoppe, Dr. Birgit Hebel-Bauridl und Dr. Paul Vickers. Photo: Margit Scheid/UR

Stellenausschreibung am DIMAS

Sekretär / Sekretärin (m/w/d)

Das Department für Interdisziplinäre und Multi-Skalare Area Studies (DIMAS) umfasst sechs Professuren aus der Geschichte, den Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaften, der Soziologie, der Rechtswissenschaft und der Theologie an der Universität Regensburg. Die Forschung am DIMAS beschäftigt sich mit zentralen Fragen der Verfasstheit der modernen Welt in ihren unterschiedlichen regionalen Ausprägungen. Dort ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine Stelle als Sekretär / Sekretärin (w/m/d) in Teilzeit (20,05 Stunden pro Woche) unbefristet zu besetzen. Die Vergütung erfolgt nach TV-L EG 6.

Bewerbungsschluss: 15.02.2023
Antrittsdatum: zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt

vollständige Stellenausschreibung (PDF)

March 1. - 3, 2023 | International and interdisciplinary Conference: The Social Life of Knowledge Infrastructures: Expert Groups, Social Networks, and Imagined Communities 

The CITAS-funded research network “Knowledge Infrastructures (KNOW-IN” is pleased to announce its international and interdisciplinary conference titled "The Social Life of Knowledge Infrastructures: Expert Groups, Social Networks, and Imagined Communities." The event takes place at the IOS (altes Finanzamt, room 319) from March 1–3, 2023.

The conference builds on the collaborative research the KNOW-IN network members have conducted in the past three years. It constitutes an academic ‘contact zone’ that brings together the knowledges emerging from the different disciplinary perspectives, institutional affiliations, and cultural backgrounds represented by the network members. It features presentations by members and affiliates of the research network and keynote lectures by international scholars who will offer additional insights into the conference topic and contribute impulses for discussion.
The event starts with an opening night on March 1, featuring a keynote lecture by Prof. Julie Kleinman, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University in New York and author of the seminal study Adventure Capital: Migration and the Making of an African Hub in Paris (U of California Press, 2019).

The full conference program is available for download here.

If you are interested in attending the full conference or selected sessions of the event, please register via email with the conference organizers Dr. Carmen Dexl (American Studies): carmen.dexl@ur.de and Dr. Christian Reiss (History of Science): christian.reiss@psk.uni-regensburg.de

Area Studies Professorships at DIMAS - welcome Astrid Ensslin

Area Studies research and teaching in Regensburg is being strengthened further with the appointment of five permanent professors to DIMAS - the Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies at the University of Regensburg. The latest addition to the team is Prof. Dr. Astrid Ensslin, Professor of Digital Cultures and Communication (Professorin für Dynamiken virtueller Kommunikationsräume), who joined UR on 1 December 2022.

One more faculty member will be joining soon. Find out more about our new colleagues here. There are more details on the scope and aims of DIMAS here.

Photo courtesy of Margit Scheid/UR

Area Studies in Regensburg - Profile on the Research in Bavaria portal

The portal Research in Bavaria showcases the latest developments in higher education and research institutions in our region. Recently it has published a profile of area studies research in Regensburg, with a particular focus on how developments in supporting early career researchers, collaborations across disciplines and institutions, as well as the strategic and conceptual ideas shaping DIMAS. 

The portal is especially interested in providing insights on leading research centres in Bavaria for international audiences. Find out more by following this link.

Photo: Julia Dragan

Transregional History Colloquium (DIMAS)

Prof. Dr. Timothy Nunan is organizing in winter semester 2022/23 a colloquium on transregional history featuring speakers from around the world as well as from Regensburg. The sessions take place on Wednesdays at 16:15 online and in H51.

Please find the programme here for more details.

Next Session: 08.02.2023, 16:15 H51 & Zoom

On behalf of Prof. Dr. Timothy Nunan (DIMAS / Transregional Cultures of Knowledge) We would like to invite you to a lecture as part of the research colloquium in transregional history. The lecture by Dr. Janice Hyeju Jeong (Göttingen) "Homeland and its Infrastructures: Mecca in the Imaginaries and Mobilities of Chinese Muslims in the Twentieth Century" takes place on Wednesday 8 February at 16:15 online via Zoom

DFG Postdoctoral Project for Joanna Moszczyńska

CITAS is delighted that Joanna Moszczyńska has rejoined the University of Regensburg. She was a postdoctoral researcher at CITAS from October 2020 until March 2022. During this time she successfully applied for funding through the DFG Walter Benjamin Programme. She will be based at the Institute for Romance Studies where she will develop her project on Literary Journalism in the Cold War. Find out more about the project and her research interests here.

Courses by DIMAS Area-Studies Professors in Summer Semester 2023







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