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.


12. April 2021

Annika Hampel recommends an article that analyses current hierarchical structures, processes and dynamics within global collaborations in arts and culture.

7. April 2021

Benedikt Kamski gave an interview to AFP on the upcoming presidential elections in Djibouti in April.

26. March 2021

With "ACT in Video", the Africa Centre of the University of Freiburg is launching a video series to communicate scientific results in a contemporary manner.

25. March 2021

Helga Dickow writes in The Conversation about her assessment of the situation in Chad in the run-up to the presidential elections there in April.

Events / Dates

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.

6. May 2021 - 12:30


Alke Jenss togehter with Bregje van Veelen, Ludovico Rella, Gerald Taylor Aiken, Emily Judson, Evelina Gambino, Ankur Parashar and Annabel Pinker write in Political Geography about how an infrastructural lens can offer new insights into democratic spaces, practices, and temporalities, offering more expansive versions of what it means to act politically.


In the context of profound global transformations, Annika Hampel explores in this ifa study how international higher education cooperation should be shaped in the future and what contribution transnational education offers (TNB) in particular can be able to make here.


Lewis Turner together with others clarify ten common misconceptions about conflict and displacement-related sexual violence against men and boys based on existing evidence and their collective field experience in twenty-seven countries as humanitarian aid workers and academics.


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.