Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften


dlinkDe:link // Re:link - Local perspectives on transregional (dis-)entanglements

Research Consortium 2021 - 2024

The network project De:link//Re:link investigates new spatial configurations and local perspectives on transregional infrastructure projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative initiated by China in 2013. link indicates the network's focus on local insights and new knowledges. In this context, the consortium examines the dynamics of entanglements and disentanglements as well as processes of social / political / cultural / economic / lingual de- and re-concentration in Asia, Africa and Europe. These dynamics are studied in greater depth from different disciplinary perspectives that rest on multi-scalar and multi-sited fieldwork. Analytical and conceptual approaches of New Area Studies and Southern Theory form the connecting theoretical and methodological framework. The overarching goal of cooperation among the four partners in the consortium is to strengthen a pluri-directional exchange of knowledge and shared knowledge production between and of scholars and other academic actors in Germany and the core regions of research (Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Afrasia).





Project Funding:

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF). Speakers are Claudia Derichs (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies; speaker) and Andreas Eckert (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies; co-speaker).

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Research Consortium


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
‘New Area Studies’
‘Transregional East Africa’
Prof. Claudia Derichs
Prof. Ulrike Freitag
Prof. Sarah Eaton
Prof. Kai Kresse
Prof. Andreas Eckert
Dr. Katrin Bromber
Prof. Eva Ehninger
Doctoral student: Kadara Swaleh
Prof. Susanne Gehrmann
Prof. Tom Güldemann
Prof. Henning Klöter
Prof. Boike Rehbein
Prof. Nadja-Christina Schneider
Prof. Manja Stephan-Emmrich
Dr. Jamila Adeli
Dr. Linda Gerlach
Dr. John Njenga Karugia
Doctoral students:
Fiona Smith
Daniel Koßmann
Tanya Talwar


Zentrum für Osteuropa und internationale Studien
Bonn International Center for Conversion
‘China, the EU and economic development in East Europe and Eurasia’
‘Chinas BRI in North Rhine-Westphalia and Pakistan’
Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse
Prof. Conrad Schetter
Dr. Julia Langbein
Dr. Katja Mielke
Doctoral student: Valentin Krüsemann
Doctoral student: Nadia Ali


PIs from partner universities:

Prof. Aldin Mutembei - University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Jeanine Dagyeli - Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Dr. Andrey Filchenko - Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan


Project coordinator:

Lina Knorr (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)


Associated fellows:

Dr. Diego Trindade d'Ávila Magalhães


International Advisory Board:

Prof. Dr. Hasan Karrar (LUMS)

Prof. Jamie Monson, PhD (Michigan State University)