CETREN is a new transregional research network at the University of Göttingen, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The CETREN network fosters collaborations between area studies and disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to contribute to the production of critical “place-based” knowledge.


Pilot Project A: The Politics of Secularism and the Emergence of New Religiosities

Pilot Project B: Entrepreneurial Citizenship: New Economies and the Respatialisation of Citizenship in China, India, and Europe



The Mediterranean Border Regime in Crisis?

19-22 October 2016

Tagungszentrum an der Sternwarte, Göttingen

Seed Grants

Through the seed grant program, CETREN is providing competitive seed funding to Göttingen-based scholars from the humanities and social sciences, who wish to extend their work into new directions of transregional research.

Safe childbirth in Indonesia
Sebastian Vollmer (Development Economics)

"Islam Mondain" and Private Piety: New Forms of Muslim Religiosity
Roman Loimeier (Social and Cultural Anthropology)

2015 / 2016
Materializing Urban Futures
Andrea Lauser / Michael Dickhardt (Social and Cultural Anthropology)

The Confessional Divide in Monotheistic Religions
Thomas Kaufmann (Church History)


Our postgraduate Summer School on Cityscapes and New Religiosities in Asia took place August 10-17th, 2014, in Göttingen. CETREN co-organised the event with the BMBF-funded research network of “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” (DORISEA). 


Photo gallery


Nellie Chu

2016. The Emergence of “Craft” and Migrant Entrepreneurship along the Global Commodity Chains for Fast Fashion in Southern China. The Journal of Modern Craft 9 (2). 193-213.


2015. Uncertain Encounters: African Migrant Entrepreneurs and Chinese Manufacturers. China Policy Institute Blog/University of Nottingham. 7 October 2015.


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