Leibniz Science Campus
Europe and America in the Modern World: Transformations and Frictions of Globality in Past and Present
The ScienceCampus is a joint project by the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and the University of Regensburg. It is supported by a grant from the Leibniz Association. The ScienceCampus seeks to strengthen collaboration between the Leibniz Institute and the University by creating a visible research cluster and an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly exchange in Area Studies.
The collaborating partners within the University of Regensburg are the Regensburg European-American Forum (REAF), the Research Centre Spain (CEH - Forschungszentrum Spanien), the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GS-OSES) and the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS). The ScienceCampus cooperates with international partners across multiple European regions and both North and South America.
Europe and America in the Modern World has issued a call for applications for six doctoral scholarships. It will provide training for early career researchers, opportunities for international academic exchanges, and events aimed at both academic audiences and the general public. The ScienceCampus research activities are focused on five Interdisciplinary Research Modules.
The official opening of the ScienceCampus takes place on 17 December 2019, at 17:00. For more information on the event and how to register, follow this link.
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.