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.


8. June 2021

Stefan Rother together with Susanne Schultz and Mary B. Setranaim wrote on AMMODI Blog about Transnational Mobility and Skill Partnerships (TMSP).

14. May 2021

With this book on legal pluralism German academy can take advantage of scientific debates produced in other parts of the world, writes César Bazán Seminario.

12. May 2021

The Research Training Group 2571 “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders” invites applications for: 4 * three-year PhD Positions.

10. May 2021

Jemma Purday, Antje Missbach, Tamara Soukotta explore how race and racism developed and continues to exist impacting on the lives of Indonesians until today.

Events / Dates

Within the first AMMODI Key Note Address, the Kenyan writer and researcher Nanjala Nyabola will talk about "African Migration, Mobility, and Displacement".

Via Zoom
17. June 2021 - 12:00

The ALMA Research Series is Freiburg’s interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. The lectures take place four times during term in digital space.

24. June 2021 - 12:30


Yonatan Gez together with Yvan Droz recently published an article on Pentecostal Church Founders in Kenya and their promises of "breakthroughs" - financial and other - as a key point of appeal. 


Literaturrecherchen sind Grundlage und Ausgangspunkt guten wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens. Oft beruhen sie jedoch auf einer subjektiven Auswahl. Die in der Sozialwissenschaft neue „Systematische Literaturanalyse“ sorgt durch die konsequente Anwendung eines Algorithmus und durch Variablenvergabe für mehr Objektivität und Transparenz. Diese Einführung in die datenbankgestützte Methode bietet Studierenden in Bachelor- und Master-Studiengängen das theoretische und praktische Handwerkszeug.


Franzisca Zanker together with Nadine Segadlo, Ulrike Krause and Hannah Edler recently published a working paper and find that the corona pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges for refugees, and partly created new ones. Economic issues and the anxiety that accompanies them have intensified due to lockdowns, restricted movements and business closures. Aid was scaled down and funding cuts further complicated conditions.


Projects and cooperations

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic migrant communities have become immobile – stuck in the destination countries, or unable to continue their journeys in transit or in origin countries. This project brings together a collection of essays that seek to spell out how migrant communities in the Global South have been affected by, and reacted to the pandemic.


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.