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.


6. October 2022

Legay will study the mediatisation of the restitution of African cultural heritage stolen during the colonial period.

23. September 2022
PhD student wanted on the topics: "The political economy of solar energy in Morocco” and “The political economy of solar energy in Jordan”.
2. September 2022
Franzisca Zanker, A. Bisong, L. Jegen write about the ECOWAS protocols on free movement of persons, which were never fully implemented.
26. August 2022
Helga Dickow writes about the Doha peace agreement and the National Dialogue aimed at ending the transition in Chad.


This article builds an analytical framework to study the relation between security and informality and the extent to which it contributes to producing hegemony in local politics.
In this recent article, Rosa Lehmann and Alke Jenss analyze the potential and existing obstacles to political participation for Indigenous networks and activists in Mexican development projects.
Amya Agarwal recently published a chapter on the circulation and mobility of resistance ideas and practices across conflict-affected societies. Through the case of Kashmir and Palestinian resistance movements, she also explores the role of shared tacit imaginaries in creating different forms of solidarities among the resisters.

Projects and cooperations

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 at the ABI, Dr. Alke Jenss and Dr. Benjamin Schuetze will try to gain a better understanding of the meaning and effect of transregional infrastructures for potential democratic governance in the different locales they connect. Based on two cases of transregional energy infrastructure projects, namely attempts at connecting power grids between North Africa and Europe via submarine cables (MedGrid), and the creation of one interconnected North- and Central American power grid (SIEPAC), 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

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.