Research Structure


The Cluster builds on existing strenght and pools ongoing or newly developed research projects of its members. It thus offers a platform for the interdisciplinary exploration of common themes from a variety of perspectives. Funding through the FWF offers additional support for these research activities and their dissemination.

The cluster pursues five main themes that resonate with current issues and debates:

  • Imperial Dynamics and their Limits
  • Ecological and Economic Transformations
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Mobility and Migrations
  • Constructions of Identity and Difference

It is structured around three research nodes, which provide the overarching context within which project members pursue their research projects:

The cohesion between the Research Nodes is maintained through 6 Transversal Working Groups: