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Europe and America in the Modern World

The ScienceCampus seeks to strengthen collaboration between the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and the University of Regensburg (UR). Its aim is to create a visible research cluster in Area Studies based on multidisciplinary exchanges. It seeks to develop better understanding of European-American connections and entanglements, historically and today with a focus on:

  • Transatlantic political transformations
  • Translations in culture, politics and society
  • Trajectories of migration and processes of belonging
  • Transformations of globality
  • Trade and institutions
  • Theories and methods of area studies


The ScienceCampus builds on existing specialist knowledge across IOS and partners at UR. It furthers collaborations with international partners across multiple European regions and both North and South America, who are at the heart of the global visiting fellowship programme.

Its research activities are focused on five Interdisciplinary Research Modules. They explore connections and make comparisons between regions of Europe and America, situating social, cultural, historical and economic phenomena in the global context. These investigations are guided by efforts to refine area studies' theoretical and methodological frameworks.

Its doctoral scholars enjoy access to an excellent doctoral programme and mentoring from early career researchers and senior faculty involved in the ScienceCampus.

The Frictions blog|journal offers a platform for communicating research findings and insights on Europe and the Americas in the global context.

The ScienceCampus offers a broad programme of events, often in collaboration with colleagues in Regensburg and beyond. Online events are generally open to the global research community.

One outcome of its work since launching in 2019 is the online lecture series European-American Entanglements in the Modern World. This course with the Bavarian Virtual University (vhb) can be accessed from around the world. Each talk by either visiting researchers or colleagues in Regensburg is available in German or English, while the teaching materials, which can be incorporated into blended learning, are currently only available in German.