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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.


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2. June 2023

Richard Legay reviews a book that showcases the importance of research on the culture of remembrance as applied to peace and development.

Scene from the Video, featuring Chinwe Ogbonna
1. June 2023

Video on the question: How to identify human remains in anthropological collections - and how to treat them with respect?

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30. May 2023

This year's ALMA Lecture Series Program is online!

Portraitphotos of Chinwe Ogbonna (left) and Elikem Ashiabi (right)
26. May 2023

We warmly welcome Elikem Ashiabi and Chinwe Ogbonna as new ALMA Fellows at the ABI.

Events / Dates

Leaflet SDG University Day 2023

The SDG University Day 2023 will take place this year on the topic of "SDG 17: Partnerschaften - De-Colonizing Partnerships" at the University of Freiburg.


University of Freiburg
16. June 2023
Flyer for the event "The Sahel - a postcolonial crisis region" at the University of Salzburg on 13.06.2023

Study day at the University of Salzburg on the topic "The Sahel - a postcolonial crisis region".


Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg
13. June 2023 - 14:15 to 19:45
Poster for ALMA Lecture Series 2023 „Postcolonial Hierarchies and their Contestation from the Global South"

Lecture on the topic "Decolonizing the Third Space between Oriente and Occidente. Colonial wound and scar, artivism and feminism from the South"


Karina Bidaseca
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, KG I & hybrid
4. July 2023 - 19:00 to 21:00
Poster for ALMA Lecture Series 2023 „Postcolonial Hierarchies and their Contestation from the Global South"

Lecture on the topic "Rethinking the coloniality and violence of famines in the Global South"


Swati Parashar
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, KG I & hybrid
20. November 2023 - 19:00 to 21:00


Externalisation has become a prominent pillar of EU migration policy. How is externalisation put into practice? What impact does it have on migrants, refugees and partner countries? What lessons can we learn for future cooperation? Brot für die Welt and misereor explore these questions in country briefs on EU Migration Partnerships with third countries.
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Während die EU im Fall ukrainischer Geflüchteter schnell reagierte und Schutz gewährte, zeigte sie sich in anderen Fällen wesentlich restriktiver und schottete sich ab. Welche Mechanismen wirkten hier?
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Research on authoritarian connections beyond the state requires a transregional practices approach. This special issue is an invitation to combine critical approaches to the study of authoritarian power by paying attention to spaces of contestation, authoritarian practices, as well as non-state actors and agency below and beyond the scale of the state.

Projects and cooperations

Over several decades since the second half of the 19th century, European military personnel, scientists and merchants have brought cultural and everyday objects, but also human remains from the colonies of the time to their home countries. This is why skulls attributed to the African continent are kept in Freiburg - in the so-called Alexander Ecker Collection. The collection also contains human remains whose acquisition and use cannot be considered ethically and scientifically justifiable from today's point of view; in the case of others, the acquisition process is difficult to reconstruct. Clarifying these cases and, if necessary, preparing for repatriation is the task of a research project funded by the German Foundation for the Loss of Cultural Property.

An Emmy Noether Junior Research Group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and headed by Benjamin Schütze will analyse the relationship between solar energy and authoritarian practices in select countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), namely in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.

2022 - 2028

Between 2022 and 2024, Dr Alke Jenss, Dr Alessandra Bonci and Dr Benjamin Schuetze at the ABI will work on the significance and impact of transregional infrastructures for possible democratic governance in the different places they connect. This project asks in which ways do transregional infrastructure projects transform local, national and transnational political agency and what is their effect on democratic and/or authoritarian practices of governance?

2022 - 2024

How do postcolonial hierarchies manifest themselves in epistemologies and knowledge production in peace and conflict studies? How can peace and conflict research contribute to a transformation of such hierarchies? To answer this question, the ABI will cooperate with the universities of Marburg, Erfurt and Bayreuth in the BMBF-funded project "Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace & Conflict". A Virtual Encyclopedia will then present the results, methodological developments and theoretical innovations.

2022 - 2026