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.


16. January 2020

Young social science researchers working on Africa are invited to submit their papers for the EUCOR Cross-border workshop series.

17. December 2019

University of Freiburg and Arnold Bergstraesser Institute establish „Africa Centre für Transregional Research“ (ACT).

12. December 2019

The Lord Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, visited his Freiburg counterpart Martin Horn and the University of Freiburg, where he also met Andreas Mehler.

4. December 2019

After a successful evaluation by the BMBF, the "Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa" is entering the second funding period.

Events / Dates

22th January 2020, 6:30 p.m.: Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, TU Berlin: Zurück in die Zukunft. Die Restitution afrikanischer Kulturgüter aus historischer Sicht. Haus zu Lieben Hand, Löwenstraße 16

University of Freiburg
22. January 2020 - 18:30

2nd lecture: 30th January 2020, paper by Giulia Scotto "Postcolonial Logistics: ENI’s African Empire", discussant: Carola Fricke

30. January 2020 - 12:30


The working papers of the MIASA International Fellow Groups #1 "Migration, Mobility and Forced Displacement" are now available for download.


Alke Jenss recently published an article on "Global flows and everyday violence in urban space: The port-city of Buenaventura, Colombia" at Political Geography.


Kwaku Arhin-Sam recently published a country report on the political eeonomy of migration governance in Nigeria.


Projects and cooperations

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.


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 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

CEGLA stands for the creation of high-quality training for local authorities. At the same time it serves to widen research in the field of decentralisation and local development in Niger, Mali and Senegal.

2017 - 2021