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Research institutes and centers at KU


Central institutes at the KU

ZFG – Center for Marriage and Family in Society

This center’s research focuses primarily on empirical family studies. However, as it sees itself as an interdisciplinary center, all areas within partnership and family research are considered. ZFG also provides advisory services and offers professional development opportunities. It has been collaborating closely with the Military Ordinariate of Germany since 2002. One of the main aspects of this collaboration involves supporting soldiers and their families to help them deal with specific pressures in the context of deployment abroad and long-distance relationships.

ZILAS – Center for Latin American Studies

The KU is one of only a small number of universities in Germany at which Latin American studies is a key focus of teaching and research. Through its research activities and teaching, the Center for Latin American Studies (ZILAS), which was established in 1985, aims to contribute to providing the foundations for a better understanding of key processes and areas of society in Latin American countries, as well as important cultural phenomena in their history and in the present day.

ZIMOS – Center for Central and Eastern European Studies

The research and teaching conducted by members of this institute look at historical questions related to Central and Eastern Europe. Particular attention is paid to current transformation processes in the economy, culture, and society, and to processing the archive material that has become available since the fall of the Iron Curtain, which has provided a broad range of documents for research into the recent history of Central and Eastern Europe.


Research Centers at the KU

Floodplain Institute Neuburg

The Floodplain Institute Neuburg (Aueninstitut Neuburg) is based at Auenzentrum Neuburg and is funded by the district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen. Its research focuses on the ecology of floodplains and bodies of water and the associated tasks of ecological restoration. An important part of this is ensuring that sustainable prospects are created for the natural areas that have been damaged. At the same time, conflicts over use, such as those that occur in the fields of water management and forestry, must be considered. The long-term goal is research for sustainability, which requires all socially relevant uses in the same area to be carried out in an environmentally friendly way.

Research Center for Oriental Christianity

The Research Center for Oriental Christianity, which is part of the Faculty of Theology, focuses primarily on all aspects of the religious and social lives of Oriental Christians from the beginnings of Oriental Christianity to the present. Its work covers the geographical region from Ethiopia to Georgia and from the Eastern Mediterranean to India and East Asia. The center supports students from the relevant countries. In addition, it aims to contribute to a better understanding of the situation and concerns of Oriental Christians in academia and society.

Research Center for Medieval Religious Literature

Building on Collaborative Research Center 226 and the editing of Meister Eckhart’s works, the aim of the Research Center for Medieval Religious Literature is to establish the KU as a center of research and editing expertise in this field and to anchor basic research in this area of the humanities in the University’s research profile.