Handbook on Transregional Studies

The research agenda of the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) founded in 2009 benefits from the existence of a wide range of institutes dedicated to regional studies and an atmosphere of cross-disciplinary cooperation with the social sciences and cultural studies.

The successful realization of the research programme “Cultural Encounters and Political Orders in a Global Age” during the first funding period (2009–2014) propelled the establishment of these approaches in bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programmes as well as the internationalization strategies of the university.

The second research phase 2014–2016 aims to systematically summarize the individual research projects of the first funding period and future work on guiding categories for a historically grounded globalization research. The fruit of these efforts will be a two-volume Handbook on Transregional Studies comprised of contributions from a wide spectrum of international scholars. Furthermore, the Centre continues to promote an interdisciplinary consolidation of teaching and research agreements between the involved studies, including research projects at the Centre as well as third party-funded activities.

The Centre is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through the initiative “Strengthening Area Studies in Germany”. The Centre also receives funding from the German Research Council (DFG), which promotes graduate training at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies and research projects like the Priority Programme (SPP 1448) on Africa. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides funding for programmes affiliated with the Centre for Area Studies, such as Welcome to Africa, New Passages to India, as well as interdisciplinary two-year MA and three-year PhD study programmes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
For more information please visit the CAS website.