1. Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
  2. Research
  3. Cross-Cutting, Exploratory and Supplementary Research
  4. De:link // Re:link - Local perspectives on transregional (dis-)entanglements

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

The network project De:link // Re:link investigates new spatial configurations and local perspectives on transregional infrastructure projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative initiated by China in 2013. link indicates the network's focus on local insights and new knowledges. In this context, the consortium examines the dynamics of entanglements and disentanglements as well as processes of social / political / cultural / economic / lingual de- and re-concentration in Asia, Africa and Europe. These dynamics are studied in greater depth from different disciplinary perspectives that rest on multi-scalar and multi-sited fieldwork. Analytical and conceptual approaches of New Area Studies and Southern Theory form the connecting theoretical and methodological framework.

The overarching goal of cooperation among the four partners in the consortium is to strengthen a pluri-directional exchange of knowledge and shared knowledge production between and of scholars and other academic actors in Germany and the core regions of research (Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Afrasia).


Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

‘Transregional East Africa’


  • Prof. Kai Kresse (Lead-PI)
  • Prof. Ulrike Freitag
  • Dr. Katrin Bromber

Doctoral student:

  • Kadara Swaleh


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

‘New Area Studies’


  • Prof. Claudia Derichs 
  • Prof. Sarah Eaton
  • Prof. Andreas Eckert
  • Prof. Eva Ehninger
  • Prof. Susanne Gehrmann
  • Prof. Tom Güldemann
  • Prof. Henning Klöter
  • Prof. Boike Rehbein
  • Prof. Nadja-Christina Schneider
  • Prof. Manja Stephan-Emmrich
  • Dr. Jamila Adeli
  • Dr. Linda Gerlach
  • Dr. John Njenga Karugia ​​​​​

Doctoral students:

  •  Fiona Smith
  •  Daniel Koßmann


Zentrum für Osteuropa und internationale Studien

‘China, the EU and economic development in East Europe and Eurasia’ 


  • Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse 
  • Dr. Julia Langbein

Doctoral student:

  • Valentin Krüsemann


PIs from partner universities:

  • Prof. Aldin Mutembei - University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Dr. Jeanine Dagyeli - Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Dr. Andrey Filchenko - Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan


Project coordinator:

  • Lina Knorr (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Bonn International Center for Conversion 

‘Chinas BRI in North Rhine-Westphalia and Pakistan’


  • Prof. Conrad Schetter
  • Dr. Katja Mielke

Doctoral student:

  • Nadia Ali


Project Funding

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF). Speakers are Claudia Derichs (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies; speaker) and Andreas Eckert (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies; co-speaker).


Silk Road Workshop for Teachers

On 11 December 2023, Kadara Swaleh participated in a workshop (Silk Road Workshop for Teachers) at Humboldt University as part of the De:link // Re:link consortium in order to share the project's findings with teachers from Berlin schools.


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