In a research project funded by the DFG, Tim Glawion examines why attempts by so-called fragile states to monopolize the use of violence sometimes result in different objective and subjective levels of security.
The GloPart project aims to build a network of stakeholders from Baden-Württemberg who are involved in university cooperation with partners in the Global South. The SDG University Day Baden-Württemberg 2023, which focused on the topic of "De-Colonizing Partnerships", also took place as part of the project.
Postdoc Project: The point of departure of this research are the paradoxes in Turkish doctors’ privileged mobility to contemporary Germany. The concepts of hope and waiting in the context of migration will be used to examine these paradoxes.
An early-career research tandem project brings together a multidisciplinary team of three scholars based in Freiburg, Accra and Maiduguri to rethink the question of restitution of cultural heritage as a decolonial issue.
Over several decades since the second half of the 19th century, European military personnel, scientists and merchants have brought cultural and everyday objects, but also human remains from the colonies of the time to their home countries. This is why skulls attributed to the African continent are kept in Freiburg - in the so-called Alexander Ecker Collection. The collection also contains human remains whose acquisition and use cannot be considered ethically and scientifically justifiable from today's perspective; in the case of others, the acquisition history is difficult to reconstruct. The research project resulted in policy recommendations and a science communication video.
Emmy Noether Junior Research Group looks at 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.
Between 2022 and 2024, Dr Alke Jenss, Dr Alessandra Bonci and Dr Benjamin Schuetze at the ABI will work on the significance and impact of transregional infrastructures for possible democratic governance in the different places they connect. 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?
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.
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.
With the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) and the Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT), the ABI has launched two central projects at the University of Freiburg.
Responding to a growing need to anchor analysis of the current violent crises in historical perspectives, the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) organized a workshop on 16 and 17 June 2021. The conference organisers had identified a number of gaps in the academic literature on Cameroon’s legacy of violence. Digging deeper into the history, consequences and lateral aspects of the current violent conflict between Anglophone separatists and the government remains an important task and the contributions of the series provide exactly this.
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.
In a recent study, we explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected refugees and refugee protection in six countries in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa, namely Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, during the first year of the pandemic up to and including February 2021.
In the research training group ‘Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-imperial Orders’ researchers can focus on the topic of transformation of empires. How do empires change over time? How does their collapse affect the politics, economies and societies of the states and regions emerging out of them? How do media like films, novels or journals respond to the dissolution of empires? How do they shape post-imperial traditions? Imperial pasts strongly affect contemporary politics and public discourse, as the conflicts in post-colonial Africa show. Eleven professors whose research has revolved around these questions over many years will supervise several innovative research projects of the junior researchers.
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.
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.
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 project “Making Infrastructures Global” addresses the issue of contemporary infrastructure projects that often look alike, produced as they are by planning agencies that operate across the world in public-private partnerships. Based on three cases of energy infrastructure projects in East Africa, North Africa and Latin America, this project analyses the contested power dynamics triggered by attempts at making infrastructure global.
An international consortium of research institutes in Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau and Strasbourg will hold three consecutive EUCOR Cross-border workshops on "The trouble with the state. Boundaries and Networks in Africa" and invites young researchers to exchange ideas and experiences.