Relations between Europe and America are currently undergoing dramatic shifts. At the same time, it is evident that these continental entities exist, and have existed in plural forms, fragmented and connected along multiple geographical, cultural, social, economic and political boundaries. The ScienceCampus considers such shifts in past and present as indicators of frictions of globality. These frictions create forces transforming the relations be-tween the different parts of Europe and America. We explore the macroscale of “European-American” relations as well as their effects across smaller-scale regions and socio-cultural stratifications; we link the global present with the historical trajectory of globalization.
The ScienceCampus is mainly oriented towards producing new research. It pursues a multi-polar Area Studies concept viewing connections from different poles in order to grasp the relation between locales and globality. At the same time it advances multi-scalar Area Studies, reflecting the intersection of different levels and geographies of interaction and communication. In a global and highly complex world, problems need to be addressed from manifold perspectives. For that purpose, the ScienceCampus combines different disciplinary specializations whole bringing together the epistemic traditions of different Area Studies. This opens up new comparative angles on social and cultural processes salient to inter-connected developments in the multiple Europes and Americas – Eastern, Southeastern, Central and Western Europe; North and South America.
A significant feature of the Campus is the extensive international network of partners involved. They are based across North and South America, and Eastern and Western Europe. “Europe and America in the Modern World” will thus work towards making Regensburg a leading centre for transregional area studies.
The activities of the ScienceCampus are focused around five thematic interdisciplinary research modules, coordinated by specialists from different disciplines. These themes mark areas in which frictions of globality are particularly evident, while demarcating crucial fields for exploring relations between the multiple regional configurations of Europe and America. The fifth module provides a space for critical reflection on Area Studies as a project.