Area studies in Germany: Investigating research topics, denominations and structures in continuous change

By Carolina Rozo Higuera and Kathleen Schlütter – Area studies, transregional studies, global studies – is there a difference between those denominations of research fields and should we care about it? At first glance, the debate about the naming of research fields in this part of the humanities and social...

A Turning Point for French Democracy? Assessing the Impacts of Emmanuel Macron’s Pension Reform

By Therese Mager, Research Institute Social Cohesion (FGZ)/ ReCentGlobe, Leipzig University – On April 14, 2023, French President Emmanuel Macron officially enacted his deeply unpopular pension reform law. The law, which will progressively raise the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 and do away with special benefits schemes for...

“Frau, Leben, Freiheit” – Die Protestbewegung im Iran

Mit den Worten „Jin, Jiyan, Azadi“ (zu Dt. „Frau, Leben, Freiheit“) kämpfen die Menschen im Iran gegen das unterdrückende Mullah-Regime, gegen Kopftuchzwang und für ihre Freiheitsrechte. Auslöser der Proteste war der Tod von Masha Armini: Die 22-jährige Iranerin wurde von der festgenommen, da sie sich angeblich nicht an die geltenden...

Die religiöse Dimension des Ukraine-Kriegs

von Sebastian Rimestad, Universität Leipzig Nach dem brutalen Angriff Russlands auf die Ukraine Ende Februar ist noch immer kein Ende der kriegerischen Handlungen in Sicht. Der Krieg hat tiefe geopolitische Hintergründe und militärische und wirtschaftliche Expertise sind wichtig, um ihn umfassend analysieren zu können. Die religiöse Dimension des Konfliktes, die...

Dance on the Volcano in Colombia: A presidential election in the midst of socio-political change

By Ralf J. Leiteritz (Universidad de Rosario) & Solveig Richter (Leipzig University) – Elections lead to tremendous socio-political tensions, especially in conflict regions with a high potential for violence – this is currently the case in Colombia, where ReCentGlobe and Leipzig University recently established an academic partnership. Professors Ralf J....

The Nine Lives of the Rassemblement National

By Therese Mager, Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC)/ReCentGlobe, Leipzig University On 24 April 2022, French president Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in a run-off vote, securing a second five-year term. In the days leading up to the election, French journalists and experts emphasized a polarized France, speaking of a...

We Didn’t Start the Fire: Military Interventions from Kosovo to Kiev

by Katharina Ristić This article was first published at the Blog for Transregional Research TRAFO. Only a few days before the attack on Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin responded to those scandalized by the prospect of a war in Europe, reminding Europeans that such a war had already taken place. In...

Actors and Archives on the Move – Studying Mid-20th Century Black Radicalism and Anticolonial Activism

by Lena Dallywater (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography) and Ana Moledo (Leipzig University) Part I – Some methodological reflections on the intricacies involved in our research Recently, the scholarly interest in Black Activism and Black Internationalism, and the movements, networks and ideas of intellectuals and activists has been increasing as...

The Russia-Ukraine War also Divides China

by Dr. Man Zhang, Research Institute Social Cohesion (FGZ)/ ReCentGlobe, Leipzig University – The Russia-Ukraine war has shocked the world, not only because of the war itself, but also because of those who have supported and cheered for it. Some societies united to stand alongside Ukraine, while others are divided...

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