3 sentences on the institute

The ABI is one of Germany’s major research centers in the domain of both comparative area studies and transregional studies. As an independent, non-profit research institution, the institute cooperates with the University of Freiburg. The Institute was founded in 1960 and goes back to Arnold Bergstraesser, at that time Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Freiburg.


20. September 2021

Rosa Lehmann highly recommends an article that draws attention to "gendered geographies of elimination" using the example of the indigenous Epera.

17. September 2021

Dana El-Kurd and Benjamin Schuetze discuss their book publications in the current newsletter of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

17. September 2021

In July the German-Namibian Commission for Extracurricular Lesson Materials Relating to Colonialism and Genocide met at the ABI for the first time.

19. August 2021

Stefan Rother has read an article that provides a more nuanced view of the attributions of the Philipines in case studies of labor migration research.

Events / Dates

The VAD conference 2022 in Freiburg will focus on the theme “Africa and Europe: Reciprocal Perspectives” and will address processes of co-production of knowledge as well as the mutual questioning of different ways of thinking.

7. June 2022 to 10. June 2022

In the three-part EUCOR workshop series, young researchers exchange ideas with leading scholars across disciplines on the state as a central concept for the study of power, domination and socio-political change.


25. October 2021 - 9:15 to 12:45

“Why are we allowing these people from shit-hole countries come here?” (D.J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America).

Anti-Black sentiments have always been part of the linguistics map of the Americas for over 600 years. In the lecture, Onookome Okome will briefly investigate the cultural history of this linguistic violence. To do this, he will also draw on the works of three major European authors, which will allow him to show patterns in the use of linguistic violence against black bodies in historical and political perspective.

Via Zoom
25. January 2022 - 20:15


Franzisca Zanker together with Khangelani Moyo and Kalyango Ronald Sebba recently published an article on the political responses to refugees from Uganda and South Africa during the first 6 months of the Corona pandemic.


Wazi Apoh und Andreas Mehler schreiben in der aktuellen Ausgabe von WeltTrends über die schwierige Restitutionsdebatte und die Wahrnehmung der Stimmen der Herkunftsländer der Objekte.


Franzisca Zanker recently published a review essay on migration literature, published by African scholars.


Projects and cooperations

The AMMODI blog publishes easily accessible contributions for advancing the understanding of African migrations, mobilities, and displacements in all their diversity.

The ABI conducted an exploratory study on transnational training partnerships between Ghana and North Rhine-Westphalia for the Mercator Foundation - the state has a long-standing cooperation for sustainable development with the West African country. While a team from the Bertelsmann Foundation explored the demand on the German side, the ABI focused primarily on actors and institutions in Ghana.


The Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut offers an annual summerschool “Contested Governance” from 2019 to 2021. DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders (Master or PhD students) in countries of the Global South are invited to Germany for four weeks. The summerschool targets political science or other social sciences students and focuses on the multiple challenges in the field of governance.


This blog series aims to discuss, highlight, and engage with scholarship from the regions of Africa, Latin America, Middle East, and Asia (ALMA) that ABI staff and associates have particularly enjoyed reading. With this blog we aim to start new conversations, explore interesting themes and topics as well as highlight excellent scholarship. The blog language is in English, a new review is published once a month.