Global and Transregional
Studies Platform

Transregional/Global Research and Teaching on Göttingen Campus and Beyond

The Global and Transregional Studies Platform brings together many existing and upcoming research and teaching activities related to regional and transregional studies within the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics and Law at the University of Göttingen. Other institutions from the Göttingen Campus are also involved, including the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity as well as the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Building on existing expertise on China, India, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and other regions, the platform strives to deepen the dialogue between different regional studies and disciplines such as history, sociology or political science. It thus provides opportunities for joint projects, partly in collaborations with partners across the globe.


In addition, the Platform gathers and transmits information about the many global and transregional activities taking place on Göttingen Campus, and it also organizes events of its own. These include working and reading groups, lectures and conferences, many of which are co-organized with other departments or institutes.

The Platform is run by a Board, and its current speaker is Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier. It is coordinated by Dr. Matthias Zach.



Members affiliated with the Global and Transregional Studies Platform are based at a number of institutions, including the University of Göttingen (representing a wide variety of departments and research centers), the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and the Georg-Eckert-Institut (Braunschweig).

Research Groups

The Platform hosts several research groups, funded by variety of sources. Currently these are

Global History

Currently seven international fellows are part of the Global and Transregional Studies Platform’s Global History Group. They work on different aspects of the field, covering mainly the 19th and 20th centuries. The fellows are funded by various sources, include the project “A Global Network for Global History” sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation.

Inter-Asia Research

The Inter-Asia Research Group, which partly continues and develops the activities of the transregional research network CETREN, focuses on a wide range of relationships and interconnections between different parts of Asia. The group hosts international fellows in a Global Summer Semester Residency funded by the Social Science Research Council and will regularly organize workshops and other events.

Partner Institutes and Research Centres: