Our faculty introduces itself in the area of “research”. Receive information here about our research profile and current research projects in associations.

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Leibniz Memorial on Campus, photo: Christian Hüller

Our Faculty and Institute’s Research Profile

In research, the faculty combines a fundamental analysis of society with the examination of relevant, specific subject and problem areas; at the same time, it does a good job at conceptual, methodical, and fundamental work. Functional logic, stability and change in social structures and processes are examined at the macro, meso and micro level and with regard to international relations and transnational interdependencies - from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Of the strengths belonging to the faculty regarding research, some include:

  • a wide-ranging and often interdisciplinary networked research,
  • an important role in university profile development with leading participation in successful research associations,
  • sharp increase in the acquisition of third-party funded projects and scholarships for the qualification of high-performing young scientists,
  • a high international mobility of scientists and international research networks,
  • Networking with non-university and university locations in the region (GWZO, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, MPIs for Ethnology in Halle and Leipzig).

The institutes especially dedicate themselves to the following main areas of research:

  • Spatialization processes under globalization conditions
  • Global history of populism
  • Trans-regionalization of mobile regimes, international conflict configurations and global movement
  • Global history and methodical problems, history of historiography

Change of media and society, as part of digitalization and its social, economical, political, cultural, historical and ethical dimension and consequences.


rEsearch at the institute of Communication and media studies

  • Material culture
  • Asthetics and form
  • Sociology and theory of cultural management
  • Formation concepts
  • Secularism and religion in the modern era and in the global horizon
  • Cultural history of health and nutrition
  • History of migration


research at the institute of Cultural Studies

  • Tradition of German idealism in metaphysics
  • Natural philosophy
  • Moral philosophy
  • Social philosophy
  • Legal philosophy
  • Philosophical anthropology, especially childhood development, upbringing and education


Research at the institute of Philosophy

  • Democracy - Education - Europe
  • Middle Class
  • Identity
  • Transnational integration
  • Political and societal order and its change


Research at the institute for political science

  • Norms, behavior, social cooperation
  • Contexts of social injustice
  • Transregionalization and europeanization
  • Development of methods in empirical social research and statistics
  • Analytical social theory
  • Sociology of health
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Staircase in the Albertina, photo: Swen Reichhold

University research association and profile building

Our faculty contributes a central part to the further development of the university’s strategic research field “changing order in a globalized world” and takes part especially in the following cross-faculty research associations:

Scientific Building (Global Hub)

Our faculty supports the development of a scientific building (Global Hub), which connects the capacities of various faculties with the education of doctorate students in the Graduate School Global and Area Studies and with an infrastructure for Digital Humanities, transregional cooperations, transfer of knowledge, and academic communication, and offers because of this completely new opportunities for the research of global processes and structures.

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View of the campus, photo: Swen Reichhold

Associations with other Universities

Our faculty utilizes the cooperation with our neighboring universities in Halle and Jena in the Forum for the Study of the Global Condition as a platform for mutual research.

Apart from the participation in interdisciplinary associations, projects with partners from other universities play a central role in individual projects for the research balance at our faculty, including:

  • „The Influences of Policy Actors on UN Policy Programs on Climate Change Education“
    (Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck; 2019–2023, canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
  • „The Development of Inequalities in Child Educational Achievement“
    (DFG Association Project with partners from the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, and Germany, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schneider, 2019-2022, DFG)
  • „PraxisdigitaliS“
    (Prof. Dr. Sonja Ganguin with partners of the TU Dresden, 2020-2023, BMBF)
  • "Cultural and Socioeconomic Division and Right-wing Populism in the German Society"
    (Prof. Dr. Holger Lengfeld, 2020-2024, Leibniz-Society)
  • „Together strong: Networks of Cultural Education“
    (Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck with Association Partner at the University of Hildesheim, 2018-2022)
  • „Erbe 89“
    (Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, 2018-2022, BMBF)
  • „MetaKLuB“
    (Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck, 2019-2024, BMBF)

Participation in structured postgraduate education

The Faculty at the Postgraduate Center for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Research Academy Leipzig participates in the cross-faculty Graduate School Global and Area Studies and has an instrument available for the dynamization, internationalization, and doctorate qualification. At the same time, the faculty puts forth an effort to include further subjects and subject areas in the structured postgraduate education and develops postgraduate study programs in order to strengthen the faculty’s development of young staff and the base of research.