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. January 2021

Is Bolsonaros election comparable to the US neoconservative movement of the late 1970s? Hugo Fanton has read an important contribution to contemporary debates

18. January 2021

Antje Missbach talks on the Memento Podcast about her research on Indonesia and the refugees who endure in transit there.

18. January 2021

AMMODI RECOMMENDS is an interactive overview of Africa-based scholars and publications on migration, mobility and displacement in Africa.

3. December 2020

Erik Plänitz und Michael Cobb schreiben über die bevorstehende Wahl in Ghana am 7. Dezember, der ein Anstieg der Gewalt im westafrikanischen Land vorausgeht.

Events / Dates

This workshop series from November 2020 to March 2021 serves to both discuss paper drafts, start conversations with colleagues located elsewhere, and to present work in progress to each other.

26. January 2021 to 23. March 2021

As part of the ALMA Research Series digital in the winter semester Ayşegül Can (urban studies) presents her paper "Being an Istanbulite: The Value of Resistance During a Time of Urban Governance Through Massive Projects", Aylin de Tapia (islamic studies) will discuss it.

21. January 2021 - 12:30

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.

18. February 2021 - 12:30

As part of the ALMA Research Series digital in the winter semester Sheila Fernández Miguez (law) presents her paper "Law on Domestic Violence and Mapuche Justice. An analysis from decolonial feminism", Rosa Lehmann (political science) will discuss it.

18. February 2021 - 12:30


Benedikt Kamski together with Edward G.J. Stevenson recently published an chapter on hydropower in Ethiopian Omo-Turkana Basin at "Lands of the future. Anthropological Perspectives on Pastoralism, Land Deals and Tropes of Modernity in Eastern Africa", edited by Echi Christina Gabbert, Fana Gebresenbet, John G. Galaty and Günther Schlee.


Stefan Rother und Uwe Hunger beleuchten im Lehrbuch die aktuellen Migrationsbewegungen, erklären die Ursachen von Migration und Flucht und zeigen, wie auf nationalstaatlicher und supranationaler Ebene mit Migration umgegangen wird.


Within the research project on Displacement in Africa, Joyce Takaindisa recently published a policy brief focussed on legal frameworks and political contestations of refugee and migration governance in Zimbabwe.



Projects and cooperations

The research project "Displacement in Africa: The Politics and Stakeholders of Migration Governance" compares migration governance in and across receiving & sending nations (South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa). Theoretically, the research will endeavour to bridge migration research with conflict studies.


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. A film summary of this year's digital Summerschool has just been completed.


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.