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. November 2021

Andreas Mehler just read a relevant article for which Ghanaian soldiers were interviewed about their experiences during a peacekeeping mission.

22. October 2021

In an interview Helga Dickow talks about Chad's interim parliament, which is supposed to prepare Chad for a civilian rule and has now finally been announced.

19. October 2021

Cita Wetterich recommends a book chapter that examines the ways in which conflict and migration are linked, lead to or even cause each other.

20. September 2021

Rosa Lehmann highly recommends an article that draws attention to "gendered geographies of elimination" using the example of the indigenous Epera.

Events / Dates

The VAD conference 2022 in Freiburg will focus on the theme “Africa and Europe: Reciprocal Perspectives” and will address processes of co-production of knowledge as well as the mutual questioning of different ways of thinking. Call for Papers, Deadline 31.01.2022

7. June 2022 to 10. June 2022

Inés Durán Matute, currently a fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, will present and discuss her work on indigenous resistance against energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico.

7. December 2021 - 16:30

The ALMA Research Series is Freiburg’s interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. The lectures take place three times during term via Zoom.

9. December 2021 - 12:30

Salomé Deboos is an anthropologist who works on belonging and identities in the Himalayan region of Zanskar. She will speak at the ALMA Research Series, Freiburg's interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

9. December 2021 - 12:30


Out now: Africa Yearbook 2020, edited by Albert Awedoba, Benedikt Kamski, Andreas Mehler and David Sebudubudu.


Nicola Piper and Stefan Rother recently published an article on the emerging regional governance of migration from the perspective of migrant rights activists and their strategies in advancing a rights-based framework in contrast to the ‘management’ (i.e. control-centred) approach typically championed by states.


Helga Dickow, Nadia Beider and Yonatan Gez just published an article at Africa Spectrum about “religious nones” - who are not affiliated with any religious tradition - in Sub-Saharan Africa, offering an overview of this understudied subject.


Projects and cooperations

The AMMODI blog publishes easily accessible contributions for advancing the understanding of African migrations, mobilities, and displacements in all their diversity.

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.