seeFField stands for A small but fertile field: strengthening Southeast European Studies in Regensburg, an Area Studies initiative that will run for seven years with the financial support of the Volkswagen Foundation, under the programme World Knowledge – Structural Support for ‘Rare Subjects’ (Weltwissen: Förderung für Kleine Fächer). 

Regensburg is an internationally leading centre of Southeast and East European Studies, with a critical mass of regional experts employed both at the University of Regensburg and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) These institutions are at the forefront of Area Studies in Germany. They carry out research and teach the various BA and MA programmes on offer in Southeast and East European Studies, including Slavic Studies. The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GSOSES), also based in Regensburg, provides training at the doctoral level. The newly created Department for Interdisciplinary and Multi-scalar Area Studies (DIMAS) fosters cooperation across all Area Studies at the University of Regensburg.

Key data:

  • Duration: July 2022 until June 2029 
  • Project leader: Ger Duijzings
  • Steering Board: Ulf Brunnbauer, Klaus Buchenau, Ger Duijzings, Björn Hansen, Andreea Kaltenbrunner
  • Project Coordinator: Aleksandra Salamurović
  • Total budget: €1,479,840 of which €996,240 from the Volkswagen Foundation and €483,600 from the University of Regensburg. 
  • Partners: 3 German partners, 19 international partners

The following measures will be implemented:

  • International and domestic cooperation: partnerships with centres of expertise in various parts of the world. A biennial Southeast European Studies Forum brings together researchers to debate current research trends.
  • Mobilising local knowledge: inviting academics from the region to teach in Regensburg, and offering support to young scholars, especially from the region.
  • Enhancing teaching provisions: internationalising our teaching, using online platforms and adding language tuition in Albanian.
  • Knowledge transfer: public engagement with broader academic and non-academic audiences, policy advice and collaborations with journalists, as well as a broad range of accessible publications (including ‘popular’ formats).
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