A small but fertile field:

Strengthening Southeast
European Studies in Regensburg

seeFField is an Area Studies initiative aiming at strengthening Southeast European Studies in Regensburg. Our goal is to teach and do research about the region together with scholars and partners in the region.

We will invite senior and junior scholars from the region to teach and develop new research and intensify international partnerships through joint academic events. We engage actively with non-academic audiences and support students in developing expertise in the field and acquiring language skills.

The project’s duration is 7 years (2022-2029) and is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation, with additional funding from the Universität Regensburg and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS).

International and domestic cooperation

We complement already existing collaborations with new partnerships, in the region and beyond, with countries or areas that we consider relevant to South-Eastern Europe. We will reflect on new trends in our field through the Biennial Southeast European Studies Forum, an international Online Research Platform, and joint academic events.

Mobilizing local knowledge

To remedy the existing asymmetries in the production of knowledge, we will foster dialogue with colleagues in the region, establishing a collaborative ethos which should be of mutual benefit. The Visiting Professorship Programme, International Visiting Fellowships for early career scholars, and pre-doctoral scholarships are but a few activities in this field.

Enhancing teaching provisions

We will create an area studies extension module for students of all the different Area Studies programmes on offer in Regensburg, in which conceptual and methodological questions relevant to Area Studies will be taught. We will create a new post for the instruction of the Albanian language. The student-led Southeast Europe Blog will offer students the opportunity to develop communication skills and reflect on the wider relevance of their acquired knowledge.

Knowledge transfer

Sharing expertise and spreading knowledge about the region to non- academic audiences we see as a key task and responsibility, particularly in the context of ongoing processes of European integration. We work together with journalists reporting on the region, organise joint public events with our local and international partners, and address policymakers to foster a better understanding of and cultural sensitivity towards the region.

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