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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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Performance by Joujou Turenne - Carte Blanche | 29.01.2024, 18:30, Haus der Begegnung, Regenbsurg

This event is organised by Anne Brüske (DIMAS) in cooperation with the Institute of Romance Studies. This is a replacement date for the event that was cancelled in November.

Find more details here

CrossArea Conference 2023 | Doing Area Studies in the Polycentric Condition

16-17 November 2023 | in person and online

The Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at the University of Regensburg (UR) together with the Leibniz-ScienceCampus Europe and America in the Modern World, a joint project of the UR and Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) were delighted to have organised the 2023 CrossArea conference in Regensburg.

Titled Doing Area Studies in the Polycentric Condition, the conference took place on 16-17 November at the Altes Finanzamt, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg.

A report on the event (in German) can be found here.

Berkeley-Regensburg Doctoral Exchange Program

The call for applications for the 2024/25 academic year can be found here in English and here in German. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2023. More information on the program can be found here.

Call for Applications: Regensburg Area Studies Master's Prize 2023

The ScienceCampus and the Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at UR are pleased to anounce the launch of the fourth edition of the Prize for Outstanding Master's Theses in Area Studies at UR. The deadline for applications is 12 November 2023.

The ScienceCampus and the Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at UR are pleased to anounce the lanuch of the fourth edition of the Prize for Outstanding Master's Theses in Area Studies at UR. The prize promotes the development of research and teaching with relevance to area studies in the fields of social sciences, humanities, theology, law and economics. It was awarded for the first time in 2020 and demonstrates the value of the close cooperation between the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and UR.

Candidates can either nominate themselves or be nominated by their advisors. As well as students taking MA degrees, the prize is open to those completing Staatsexamen (in law for example) or those studying for a teaching degree (Lehramt) at UR. The thesis or final paper must have been submitted in the last three semesters (summer semester 2022, winter semester 2023/23 or summer semester 2023) at UR. The top prize is 400 EUR, with two equal second prizes of 200 EUR available. The deadline for applications is 12 November 2023. Please find the call for applications here in English and here in German.

In addition to the prize money, the winners also have the chance to publish in the Blog-Journal Frictions. Jana Stöxen (“Legacies of Romanian Socialism”) and Melanie Hussinger (“Ein Name, ein Leben, ein Zeichen. Historisches Gedenken im zivilgesellschaftlichen Projekt Poslednij Adres”), winners of prizes in 2020, have published texts there.

More details on the previous winners of the Regensburg Area Studies Prize can be found on the CITAS page.

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

Courses by DIMAS Area-Studies Professors in Summer Semester 2023








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

Geschäftsführung | Manager: Dr. Paul Vickers

Sekretariat | Secretary dimas@ur.de
Tel. +49 941 943 5966