The Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies („Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien“ (ZIRS)) is the umbrella organisation for institutions and people at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and its neighboring research institutions working in regional and area studies.
The ZIRS initiates and supports common research agendas that have a regional as well as a transregional focus and that address common thematic, theoretical and/or methodological questions. It also offers an inspiring research environment to individual projects.
In cooperation with local as well as international partners, the ZIRS organises events such as guest lectures, workshops, summer schools etc.
The publication series Schriften des ZIRS serves as a vehicle for publishing research outcomes in cultural studies and the humanities.