ISA's research efforts also pursue translocal topics in historical as well as in contemporary contexts.

The current situation of refugees from parts of Asia and Africa coming to Central Europe is addressed by ISA's active participation in the interdisciplinary "Refugee Outreach and Research Network (ROR-n)". Dimensions of medieval "Visions of Community", on the other hand, are compared by ISA's participation in the "VISCOM" cooperation with Asian philologists and European medievalists.