In the framework of the Research Network of Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (first), foundational research is being conducted in the research groups “Migration” and “Nutrition and Inequality” (both since 2016), “Camps” (since 2020) and “Regionalities” (since 2021). These research groups focus on significant research desiderata and pursue an innovative approach combining methods from the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies. The participating institutions moreover address selected themes and questions relating to Lower Austria as a case study and ranging from the fifteenth century to the present day. This interdisciplinary collaboration and the discussions spanning many eras enable the cultivation of a long-term perspective in the respective areas of study, thereby generating a historically grounded basis of knowledge to serve debates surrounding current social challenges.
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