Winter School on Methodology of Area Studies

5.-10.11.2001 (Virtual),
24.11.-1.12.2001 (at the Europäische Akademie Berlin)

in co-operation with

Ostsee-Kolleg Berlin and Graduierten-Kolleg “Neues Europa”

supported by:

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


Press release




Multi-disciplinarity in the Research Training Program

In future, the growing developmental complexity in the Baltic Sea region will make interdisciplinary research approaches the norm. Through their participation in the methodology course, the young researchers were further enabled to apply these approaches in a scientifically meaningful way.

The Winter School on Methodology of Area Studies consisted of two sessions. The first session (5.-10. 11. 2001) was based on computer aided learning and included a series of meetings in the cyberspace, chats and exchange of ideas via electronic means. Dr. Stephan Michael Schröder (Berlin) lead the discussion on the Cultural Studies and Social Sciences Approach in Area Studies, Prof. Helmut Hubel (Jena) on the Political Science Approach in Area Studies, and Robert Kirchner (Potsdam) on the Economics Approach in Area Studies. The participants were divided into several working groups who presented their results during the on-site part in Berlin.

The second session took place at the Europäische Akademie Berlin (24.11.-1.12.2001) and was conducted as a regular ‘on-site’ session. Prof. Helmut Hubel spoke on the Political Science approach in Area Studies. Dr. Stephan Michael Schröder lectured on the Cultural Studies approach in Area Studies, Prof. Tiiu Paas on the Economics approach. SR Pertti Joenniemi gave a speech on interdisciplinary research approach as a norm in Baltic Sea Area Studies.

Thank you also to those who chaired the panels and led the discussions: Jun. Prof. Nils Erik Forsgård, Prof. Uffe Jakobsen, Prof. Tiiu Paas, Prof. Henrik Stenius, Dr. Kazimierz Musial, Prof. Gert-Joachim Gläßner and Martin Nagelschmidt.