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DIMAS | Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies

DIMAS was founded in 2022, following on from CITAS. CITAS was founded in 2017 as a platform for coordinating and developing collaborative area studies activities between institutions, projects and colleagues in Regensburg.

DIMAS is continuing this academic tradition with six permanent professorships, postdoctoral and doctoral positions, and an innovative teaching and research programme. Find out more about the concept and ideas shaping DIMAS here.

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Job Opportunities

Student Assistant (SHK) - Deadline 12.08.2024

Calls for Papers

11-13 October in Istanbul | Workshop: Unorthodox Approaches to Eurasian Studies | Deadline: 31.07.2024


DIMAS Courses in Winter Semester 2024/25

As the summer semester comes to an end, we look forward to the winter semester!

Our colleagues at DIMAS are offering a range of courses for students as well as workshops for doctoral researchers.

Check out the courses here - and follow the links to sign up as students.

UR #talktime Anna Steigemann

Learn more about Anna Steigemann, Professor of Sociological Dimensions of Space at  and the speaker of DIMAS in this profile on the UR Research pages. You can find out more not just about her research on cities, social transformation, migrant and queer communities, but how she combines academic work with active social engagement and everyday life in the city.

Astrid Ensslin is the new Representative for the Equality of Women in Academia and the Arts at UR

Astrid Ensslin, Professor for Dynamics of Virtual Communication Spaces at DIMAS at UR, is now the University's Representative for the Equality of Women in Academia and the Arts at UR. You can find out more about her vision for this role in this interview (in German).

Award of the Regensburg Area Studies Prize for Master's Theses

The winners of the fourth edition of the prize were announced on 4 July 2024. The prize is awarded by DIMAS together with the Leibniz ScienceCampus. Learn more about the prize winners and their research here. Another call for the award will be launched in autumn 2024. 

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


Vorstand | BoardProf. Dr. Anna Steigemann and Prof. Dr. Rike Krämer-Hoppe

Geschäftsführung | Manager: Dr. Paul Vickers

Sekretariat | Secretary dimas@ur.de
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Tel. +49 941 943 68537