Schriften des Zentrums für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien
The renaming of the „Orientwissenschaftliches Zentrum” (OWZ) as „Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien” (ZIRS) in 2010 prompted developments in both structure and content, particularly a regional extension beyond the Near and Middle East as well as a stronger focus on interdisciplinary connections between regional expertise and systematic scientific disciplines. This broadening of research was followed by a decision to provide the member institutions with a new and appropriate medium of publication.
In August 2012 the series Schriften des Zentrums für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien was founded. It serves as a hub for publishing research outcomes in cultural studies and the humanities. It replaces the Orientwissenschaftliche Hefte, which has published thirty volumes since its first issue in 2001. To an extent the new series continues in the former tradition, but with changed editorial and content-related premises.
Incorporating the series into the program of Halle University Press makes it part of a publication structure that operates and is recognized beyond Martin Luther University. The directorate of the ZIRS functions as the editorial body of the Schriften des Zentrums für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien and is also open to consider suggestions for publication of interdisciplinary area studies from researchers outside Halle university.