The Center for Area Studies (CAS) represents a unique feature of Freie Universitaet Berlin in that it concentrates regional expertise across the humanities and social sciences for North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the Near East.
The Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) carries outsystematic and comparative study of East Asia in its wider global context.
Research fields: The interdisciplinary analysis of origins, effects or interdependence of institutions in East Asia from a social science perspective; Trans-regional phenomena, interregional comparisons, or regional case studies in China, Japan and Korea.
Topoi - The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations examines the interdependence of space and knowledge in civilizations of the Ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, and Black Sea region and parts of the Eurasian steppe from the 6th millennium BC to around AD 500
Key topics: Innovations in antiquity; Mapping in physical or mental diagrams, maps, and pictures; Ancient economy; Water management in antiquity; collective identities; and the transformation of antique phenomena. Research fields: The interaction between ancient human communities and the natural environment; The social control mechanisms through which ancient spaces have been constituted, defined, formed and regulated; The perception and representation of spaces in ancient cultures; Ancient theories of space and all forms of ancient science concerned with the concept of space.
The Dahlem Centre for Plant Sciences (DCPS) aims for a comprehensive understanding of diverse aspects of plant life by integrating disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, plant geography, and history of botany
Key topic 1: Plant mobile genetic elements: activities, functions, genome evolution Key topic 2: Effect of plant diversity loss on above- and below-ground functions and stability of ecosystems Key topic 3: Rhizosphere interactions and their impacts on ecosystem functions Key topic 4: Investigation of interaction between saponins and ribosomal inactivating proteins