Dynamics in the Global World

Ideas, narratives, rituals, goods, rules, borders, people, and spaces are in a constant state of change. Individuals’ and societies’ responses to entangled challenges are highly diverse.

In an increasingly interconnected world that is simultaneously characterized by difference, Regensburg Area Studies are generating new research questions by exploring interrelations, entanglements, and cross-references as well as boundaries both within Europe and also between Europe and other regions.

This idea is reflected in UR’s Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies – DIMAS.

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DIMAS provides a project-focused, flexible, transdisciplinary structure and thereby also supports new intersections with existing disciplines.

Different regions are brought together in a cooperative, dynamic research agenda. 

Comparative social and spatial research is one of DIMAS' core topics, which is the focus of the EU-Horizon-Project ‘Fairville. Facing inequalities and democratic challenges through co-production in cities’.

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DIMAS shapes the collaboration between the department and the collaborating UR Faculties (Law; Catholic Theology; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy, Art History, History, and Humanities) as well as the

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), one of the largest and longest established research institutions of its kind in Germany.

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Further impetus is provided by the Leibniz ScienceCampus ‘Europe and America in the Modern World’ , a joint project of IOS and UR as well as by the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, founded in 2012.

The establishment of a new Center - Think Space Ukraine (TSU) or Denkraum Ukraine (DU) – aims to consolidate and advance Regensburg’s diverse expertise on Ukraine's culture, economy, politics, and law. In 2024, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has pledged substantial support for the project.

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In providing a platform for collaborative research projects in area studies, DIMAS seeks to cooperate with the various institutions and centers based in Regensburg promoting the University's focus on innovative transnational studies and international degree programmes.

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Additional interdisciplinary perspectives emerge from the intersection of the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches that contribute specific traits while engaging in exchanges with other perspectives and research groups. Among them is FOR 2770 Beyond Canon_ - the first DFG-funded Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at a Faculty of Theology.

International and local scholars gather in the Center to conduct research and discuss so-called heterotopias of religious authority in ancient Christianity. Their objective is to gain insights into religious life beyond ecclesiastical and theological norms as well as into the actual meaning of the biblical canon.

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Research on various topics and themes is also facilitated by interdisciplinary centers and institutes, many of which are at UR’s Faculties of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures or Philosophy, Art History, History, and Humanities. Their scholars support both contemporary and historical research, such as the DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) 2337 Pre-modern Metropolitanism

They focus on the meanings of metropolises, conducting research on the cultural, socio-economic, political, religious, or technological dynamics in pre-modern cities. Their “metropolitanity” is subject to specific historical and cultural conditions that have changed dramatically, particularly under the influence of industrialization and globalization over the last 150 years.

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The Center for Commemorative Culture (Zentrum Erinnerungskultur) adopts inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives to focus on the forms, conditions, possibilities, and effects of historical commemoration.

The Center aims to promote a close exchange between academic research on commemorative cultures and actors working on public commemoration and history, to inspire experimental approaches, and thereby to critically reflect on and actively co-create social processes of commemoration.

A chronological focal point is commemorative culture relating to National Socialism and the Holocaust. Regarding this topic, the Center closely collaborates with the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial.

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Professor Anna Steigemann is an expert in the sociological dimensions of spaces at the University of Regensburg. She explores cities. Want to go for a walk with her?

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Europe, America, and Global Transformations

Frictions is a blogjournal – a hybrid format of blog and e-journal – discussing Europe and the Americas in the context of global transformations. The project is run by the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World", which is based at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and the University of Regensburg.
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Just Navigate!

Regensburg Area Studies

Meet some of our early career scholars and learn about their projects!


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Those Who Gain Understanding

The Regensburg Hub of Research beyond the Biblical Canon


© Photo: Jörg Frey