To structure research and provide a suitable framework for faculty and students, the Graduate School is organised into five research areas:
Plural Traditions and Travelling Traditions focus on the construction and deconstruction of concepts, practices, and institutions resulting from interaction and communication or encounters and entanglements. Rethinking Social Order and Governance Contested investigate interactions, conflicts, and entanglements in the fields of society, law, and politics. Sacred Topographies attempts to illustrate all of these processes, drawing upon an especially rich field of investigation that cuts across subjects and disciplines.
To promote multidisciplinary research, the Graduate School aims to systematically connect cultural and social studies in each research area. Its study programme also addresses a number of cross-cutting themes like the critique of orientalism, alternate globalities, Islam as a reference, connected and translocal spaces, and entangled histories. Experience has shown that doctoral and postdoctoral researchers are strongly and at times even passionately engaged with debates that relate their projects to larger intellectual, social, and political concerns. The cross-cutting themes address these concerns.