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.


29. July 2020

In the research training group "Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality & Post-imperial Orders" the calls for applications have now been published.

27. July 2020

Benjamin Schütze reviews literature on the idea of "democracy promotion", with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

14. July 2020

Rose Jaji's book wonderfully deconstructs common migration assumptions, writes Franzisca Zanker in our new ALMA Reviews blog.

8. July 2020

Stefan Rother wrote an article on the past and future role of migrant civil society in the Global Compact for Migration, its design and implementation.

Events / Dates

The virtual conference involved experts from America, Europe and Australia. They discussed what role the sociology of law can play in finding answers to questions raised by the corona pandemic.

31. August 2021


Stefan Rother analyses a process that attempts to democratize the governance of migration within and from Asia through connectivity from below: the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration.


Alke Jenss trug zum Sammelband "Gewalt und Konfliktbearbeitung in Lateinamerika", herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, ein Kapitel zu Mexiko bei.


Benedikt Kamski together with Edward G.J. Stevenson recently published a chapter on the of water use at Omo-Turkana Basin in "Lands of the Future: Anthropological Perspectives on Pastoralism, Land Deals and Tropes of Modernity in Eastern Africa".


Projects and cooperations

This conference aims at a deeper understanding of the relationship between democracy and authoritarianism beyond the borders of the nation state. It examines both the authoritarian turn in the democratic environment and the "prevention of democracy" in states such as China. The conference design is guided by two principles: (1) dialogue between young scholars and senior researchers and (2) multidisciplinary dialogue. It is organised by scientists from the ABI and the University of Freiburg and will take place at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies from 17th to 19th march 2021.


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.

The project endeavours to highlight the political dimension of migration governance (i.e. what are the real [sometimes hidden] interests and power asymmetries) and the multiple stakeholders (including civil society and sub-national ones). The qualitative study focuses on four case studies - the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – and is based on fieldwork including semi-structured interviews in the respective countries.

February - December 2019

Authoritarian Urbanism combines several activities ranging from research, a FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference on the Convergence of Authoritarianism & Democracy to an invitation for post-doc fellows from the Global South for two six months fellowships, in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.