Given the financial crisis, the violent transformations in the Maghreb and the Near East as well as the migration movements from Africa and Asia to Europe, the Mediterrean world has once more become a focal point of the humanities, culture and social sciences.

The Centre for Mediterranean Studies connects Mediterranean research from all disciplines and epoches in the German area. In contrast to the “Mediterranisms” of colonialism and cold war, it does not postulates an entity, continuity, specificity or singularity of the region. Instead, it conceives the Mediterranean region as an African, Asian and Europen contact zone, which is comparable to and was intertwined with other fluvial, maritime and terrestrial places of interaction.

Between 2010 and 2016, the Centre for Mediterranean Studies was supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). At the moment, the main foci of research are on social forms of organization, centred around Mediterranean rivers and delta, and on the manifold dynamics of the modern Mediterranean region, especially in reference to displacement and migration.