The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies is one of the largest and longest-standing non-university research institutes in Germany on the region. Its research focuses on interdisciplinary projects working across history, economics and the social and political sciences, while also supporting numerous publication series and journals, doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, guest researcher programmes and event series. Thematically, the research agenda at IOS focuses on Path Dependence, Change and Contingency, the Concept of the SocialInstitution, and the Relationship Between Continuity and Discontinuity as Guiding Research Perspective.
IOS is also home to one of the largest research libraries on the region.
Universität Regensburg, founded in 1962 as the fourth Bavarian regional university, is a modern campus university at the southern edge of the Old Town of Regensburg. Originally designed as a regional university, Universität Regensburg has developed into a renowned international centre of teaching and research over the last decades. Among its attractive features are a broad spectrum of disciplines, a favourable student-teacher ratio and excellent infrastructure. There are currently more than 21,000 students enrolled at Universität Regensburg.
Besides teaching, Universität Regensburg is also very actively involved in research, as shown by six special research areas supported by the German Research Society (DFG), DFG Research Units, graduate schools and its participation in research initiatives and EU projects, among others. Very close ties within as well as between the areas of research – university and non-university – are a typical feature of Universität Regensburg.
This will be furthered through the ScienceCampus, a collaboration with the Leibniz Institute IOS. One of the University's strategic reserach foci is area studies, a field which is central to the ScienceCampus.
The Regensburg European American Forum (REAF) was founded in 2008 by the Chair of American Studies, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel. Since 2013, Prof. Hebel has been President of the University of Regensburg.
REAF is dedicated to transnational American Studies in research and practice, serving as the central international and interdisciplinary platform for collaborative research, academic exchange and cooperation, political intervention, and public outreach in the field of European American Studies at the University of Regensburg.
Drawing on its interest in transnational areas, trajectories, and entanglements, REAF fosters cutting-edge research in European-American relations, interactions, and crossroads and their multifarious historical, cultural, and political dimensions. REAF hosts visiting scholars from all interdisciplinary areas of American Studies and organizes special lectures and conferences with nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers. It supports innovative interdisciplinary BA-, MA-, and PhD-programs in American Studies and European-American Studies with international courses, graduate research roundtables, and an MA / PhD exchange program with the University of Kansas.
The Spanish Research Centre - Forschungszentrum Spanien - El Centro de Estudios Hispánicos - is part of the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Regensburg. The Centre promotes research and teaching on Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. By supporting events such as lecture series and film festivals, it also engages the broader public in discussing issues relating to Spain and Latin America. The Centre is a partner in the MA in Intercultural European Studies and the binational BA German-Spanish Studies.
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies was a joint programme by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München and the Universität Regensburg (UR). From November 2012 to October 2019, the Graduate School enjoyed funding from the German Research Association (DFG) as a part of the German Federal and State Excellence Initiative (as DFG-GSC 1046). It now runs as two parallel institutions drawing on the legacy of the DFG-funded project.
Our primary goal is to create an academic environment for innovative research and for successfully completing outstanding doctoral projects in the research field of East and Southeast European Studies. The Graduate School pursues the concept of integrated area studies and, thus, collaborates with related disciplines as well as other area studies. We support the claim that East and Southeast Europe cannot be understood isolated but only in their interrelations with other world regions, enabling a differentiated and decentralised perspective on the processes around globalisation.
The Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) at Regensburg University was founded in 2017 as an interfaculty research centre involving the Faculty of Philosophy, Art History, History and Humanities, and the Faculty of Languages, Literature and Culture.
The aim of CITAS is to develop synergies between the existing expertise in the field of Area Studies in Regensburg provided by institutions within the University and by non-university research centres. The key partner in this respect is IOS - the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies. CITAS contributed to the successful application for a Leibniz ScienceCampus - Europe and America in the Modern World: Transformations and Frictions of Globalisation.
CITAS promotes the specialist research being conducted across the disciplines in Regensburg on the regions of East and South-Eastern Europe, Western and Southern Europe, and North America and Latin America. The Center works towards developing comparative, transregional and global approaches to Area Studies with a focus on these regions and relations between them.
In collaboration with IOS, CITAS coordinates a Doctoral exchange program with the Institute for European Studies at University of California - Berkeley.