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2023 CrossArea Conference & DIMAS Kick-off Event

The Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at the University of Regensburg (UR) together with the Leibniz-ScienceCampus Europe and America in the Modern World, a joint project of the UR and Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) are delighted to invite you to the 2023 CrossArea conference in Regensburg.

Titled Doing Area Studies in the Polycentric Condition, the conference will take place on 16–17 November at the Altes Finanzamt, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg. As well as constituting the annual CrossArea conference, the event will also serve as the kick off event for DIMAS, an area studies initiative in Regensburg that was formally launched in 2022.

We ask all participants to register before 5 November so that we can plan catering and other arrangements more effectively.

More information on the planned conference sessions together with practical information about your stay in Regensburg is available on this website. A preliminary programme is available here.

The event will feature a presentation of DIMAS and associated projects on 16 November from 13:00, as well as a keynote talk by Vincent Bevins (18:15). The following day will include a panel of early career researchers, a discussion on the future of the archives and a presentation of the World Knowledge project from Leipzig.

Please feel free to contact Prof. Dr Timothy Nunan and Dr Paul Vickers at with any questions.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

13:00–13:30 Welcome Addresses

  • Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel (President of the University of Regensburg)
  • Dr. Doris Löhr (Chairperson of CrossArea)
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Steigemann (Chairperson of DIMAS)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer (Director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

13:30–16:00 Presentation of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) and associated projects

  • Anne Brüske (Professor of Spatial Dimensions of Cultural Processes)
  • Klaus Buchenau (Professor of Southeast and East European History)
  • Ger Duijzings (Professor of Social Anthropology – with focus on Southeastern and Eastern Europe)
  • Astrid Ensslin (Professor of Digital Cultures and Communication)
  • Rike Krämer-Hoppe (Professor of Transnational Norm Development)
  • Laura Lieber (Professor of Transregional History of Religions)
  • Timothy Nunan (Professor of Transregional Cultures of Knowledge)
  • Anna Steigemann (Professor for Sociological Dimensions of Space)

16:30–17:30 CrossArea Members’ internal Meeting (Mitgliederversammlung) – Room 017 (Ground floor)

16:30–17:15 DIMAS Meet & Greet – Room 319

17:15–18:15 Reception

18:15–19:45 Keynote Talk

Vincent Bevins: The Unfinished Decade: Protest Tactics, Revolutionary Situations

Chaired by Timothy Nunan

Friday, November 17, 2023

09:00–10:40 Early Career Researcher Panel

  • Yusra Abdullahi (Leiden): Ghanaian, Ugandan, and Zimbabwean Agency at the United Nations' High Table: A Comparative Study of African Activism at the UN
  • Miriam Kreuzer (Vienna): Caring Infrastructures: Urbane Infrastrukturen transformativ gestalten
  • Yuxin Li (Essen-Duisburg): “Social Health Insurance Diffusion in the People’s Republic of China from 1979 to 2012 – Policy Learning and Global Connectivity
  • Anastasiia Marsheva (JLU Gießen): Cross-regional Approach to Migration Studies: Researching Panethnicity among “Eastern European” (Post)Migrants in Germany and the Czech Republic
  • Natali Rauscher (Heidelberg): Natural Disasters in the United States: What role do media discourses and disaster narratives play in the USA’s vulnerability crisis?
  • Clare Richardson (FU Berlin): Stokely Carmichael and Amílcar Cabral: Black Power and the limits of U.S. solidarity with Portuguese Africa

Chaired by: Susan Hodgett (University of East Anglia, Norwich)

11:00–11:30 Project Presentation

Kathleen Schlütter / Carolina Rozo Higuera (Leipzig): The Production of World Knowledge Transformed

11:30–13:00 Discussion

“The Future of the Archive(s): Digital Infrastructures Across Regions”

  • Peter Altekrüger (Ibero-American Institute, Berlin)
  • Cassandra Mark-Thiesen (University of Bayreuth)
  • Arnost Stanzel (Bavaria State Library – BSB, Munich)
  • Cosima Wagner (FU Berlin)

Chaired by: TBA

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Paul Vickers
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