With its interdisciplinary organisation, the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) analyses multiple research topics through a wide range of perspectives, methods and theories from disciplines as diverse as political science, economics, law, sociology, geography, philosophy, ethnology, history as well as cultural, religious, linguistic and literature studies. Together these practices and branches of knowledge are utilised to study and investigate specific world regions as well as their interconnectedness, which in turn requires both language skills and familiarity with the respective regions themselves. With this approach, the spectrum of world regions examined by CAS ranges from Africa and Asia to the Americas and the Middle East while also studying Europe, with special interest on its eastern borderlands, which act as a bridge to other world regions. Underlying the scope of areas covered is the determination to overcome the detachment between the study of Europe, and the West in general, and the other regions that compose the world.
The Centre for Area Studies benefits from the academic structure of the Universität Leipzig, which belongs to one of the few German universities that, owing to a rich tradition of institutes dedicated to regional studies, possesses the necessary framework to develop a broad and comprehensive scholarly program. Extra-university research institutes, such as the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (ifL) and the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO), actively contribute to the CAS activities and programme. Furthermore, the Universität Leipzig also provides opportunities for inter-institutional research and associations due to its numerous affiliations with universities both throughout Europe and the world.