Practical Area Studies? Intersections of Research and Policymaking

(Press release by Leibniz ScienceCampus Europe and America in Regensburg, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, and the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO))

On Monday 24 January, 14-16:00, the fifth edition of the online series "Area Studies under Discussion" with take place, exploring the intersections of academia, education, policymaking and diplomacy. You are warmly invited to join us.

The series explores current themes in area studies and is organized by the Leibniz ScienceCampus Europe and America in Regensburg, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, and the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig. The upcoming discussion addresses the role area studies has traditionally played in policymaking and policy analysis, acting as a bridge between academia and foreign policy, including international trade and security as well as soft power measures, with researchers briefing politicians, think tanks and the media on conflicts and conflict prevention, political developments, and social trends in their regions of expertise.

This discussion looks to create a dialogue involving people with roles positioned at the intersections of scholarship and research infrastructure, government bodies, international diplomacy, and civil society. They will consider different aspects of the relationship between research communication and policymaking today. The encounter also looks to address where misunderstandings and miscommunication occurs. How do academic area studies contribute to current political debates, and are they heard? How can relations be formed with think tanks, NGOs, and policymakers that are mutually beneficial? How can current formats be adapted to better meet the needs of society today? Do funding structures enable research with partners in international regions, promoting genuine exchanges and reciprocity, or do they favour research about them? And how can research communication avoid reproducing existing inequalities and regional asymmetries when it comes to informing politics, scholarship and research communication?

Participants:
•    Prof. Dr. Margarita Balmaceda - School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, NJ
•    Christian Kobsda – Political consultant and coordinator of the Leibniz im Bundestag program, Leibniz Association, Berlin
•    Dr. Astrid Sahm – The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin; Head of the International Center for Education and Exchange (IBB)
•    Prof. Dr. Stefan Troebst – Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and University of Leipzig; Honorary Consul of Kosovo

Discussion chair:
Dr. Fabian Burkhardt, IOS Regensburg

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