Global Connections and Comparisons  

and Comparisons

Connections and Interactions between World Religions and Regions

Global Connections and Comparisons

This profile area is involved in interdisciplinary globalisation research.

Institutions belonging to Leipzig University's social sciences and humanities participate in this area, along with non-university research facilities such as the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography and the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe. This profile area is based on work done by the Centre for the Study of Religion (CSR), headed by Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleine, and the Centre for Area Studies (CAS), headed by Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell. Both centres work in close collaboration with each other. The Graduate School "Global and Area Studies" is currently offering its teaching and research programme to over 100 PhD candidates from more than 30 countries.

The CSR's main point of focus is the ambivalent role of religions as institutions that simultaneously divide and unite people. The CSR also discusses questions concerning the differentiation of religious and secular fields of action within the context of globalisation. The CAS, on the other hand, investigates transregional relationships from the 18th century to the present and their effect on the creation of new regions and spaces under the impact of globalisation. The CAS's focus is on migration regimes, the exchange of goods, capital flows, and the circulation of ideas and cultural patterns.

Leipzig University has long had a broad range of regional science expertise on the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, East, South and West Asia, North and South America, as well as Eastern and Western Europe. The University uses a comparative approach on this expertise and analyses the interrelation between the research areas.

The profile area is supported by externally funded research associations such as the priority programme 1448 "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the programme "Strengthening the Area Studies", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Similarly, several research training groups are involved in these topics.

The profile area's successful collaboration is also due to the interdisciplinary Master's study programmes for international students. Examples for these are the Master's programmes

last update: 05.04.2018 


Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleine
Institute for the Study of Religions
Schillerstraße 6
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37162

Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell
Global and European Studies Institute
Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1
04105 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30232
Fax: +49 341 96-05261

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