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.


26. November 2020

Annika Hampel writes about India's art and culture policy, which does not yet adequately showcase the country's cultural riches.

25. November 2020

Interview: The European Union and African states have a fundamentally different understanding of migration – what conflicts does this cause?

20. November 2020

Yonatan N. Gez writes about the still lacking international visibility of African dissertations and their valuable local perspectives.

12. November 2020

Stefan Rother talks about the influence of the Corona crisis on the situation of migrants on the podcast of the University of Freiburg.

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.

1. December 2020 to 23. March 2021

As part of the ALMA Research Series digital in the winter semester, the sinologist René Trappel presents his paper "The Rural Rejuvenation Strategy: Power and Subordination in Chinas' Latest Rural Modernization Efforts", Sandra Destradi (political science) will discuss it.

17. December 2020 - 12:30


Alke Jenss and Benjamin Schütze recently published an article at International Studies Quarterly and bring to light transregional authoritarian connections between the secondary port cities Aqaba/Jordan and Buenaventura/Colombia.


Vor dem Hintergrund tiefgreifender globaler Umbrüche geht Annika Hampel in der vorliegenden ifa-Studie der Frage nach, wie internationale Hochschulkooperationen der Zukunft gestaltet werden sollten und welchen Beitrag hier zu insbesondere Transnationale Bildungsangebote (TNB) zu leisten vermögen.


In research of forced migration, there exists an ongoing debate about who and in what ways is producing and accessing knowledge. This Special Issue looks at two groups of people more closely and broadcasts their research results. Hence, we have contributions from undergraduate student researchers, as well as a commentary by a researcher with a personal background in migration and displacement.


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. 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.

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.