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Connectivities and disconnectivities

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Gigi Scaria - Face to Face, 2010

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Street sign in Tanga

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Daniel Koßmann

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Maritime trade in Zanzibar

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John Njenga Karugia

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A road funded by Chinese loans

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Linda Ammann

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The research consortium De:link//Re:link aims to demonstrate the importance of area studies for knowledge production, communication and dissemination in a world increasingly characterized by uncontrolled digitization and fragmented knowledge. Engaging with the notion of “link”, the group brings local perspectives and new dimensions of knowledge into focus: Local Insights and New Knowledges. In the research, the term “local” does not only include spatial but also, and even more so, relational components.

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


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Save the date: De:link // Re:link final conference in May

We’re delighted to announce that the conference marking the end of our first phase of funding will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on on 23 and 24 May 2024. Titled ‘Local Roads, Global Belts’, the event will cover the wide spectrum of research that has been produced on the Belt and Road Inititative over

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World Cafe and ZOiS Forum

On 28 November 2023, a World Café followed by a ZOiS Forum took place at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). At the World Café entitled „New Insights about the Belt and Road from (Eur)Asia to (East)Africa: Strategies, Narratives and Reactions“ (organized by PI Julia Langbein) scholars from all four research consortium

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Coming Soon: Edited Volume “New Silk Road Narratives”

It is not only goods, financial capital or technologies that are being traded, negotiated and circulated along the China-led Belt and Road Initiative but also values, emotions and cultural practices. The latter are often decisive when imagining and establishing a transregional infrastructure of the scale of the BRI. This book explores connections and disconnections along

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