Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, KWI)

Institution Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities
Location Essen
Themes memory culture, interculturality, climate and culture, culture of responsibility
Orientation interdisciplinary humanistic, social and cultural sciences
Founded 1989

© KWI The Essen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) is an interdisciplinary research college for the humanities and cultural sciences in the tradition of the Institutes for Advanced Study internationally. In addition to cultural science research, it promotes international exchange and intercultural dialogue, with special emphasis on the integration of young scholars and scientists.

As an inter-university college of the Ruhr University/Bochum, the Dortmund Technical University and the University of Duisburg/Essen, the institute cooperates in designing its programmes with scientists and scholars from its supporting universities and with additional partners in Germany and abroad.
The KWI transforms its profile dynamically through changeover in themes and institute fellows. The institute's work is currently focused on the thematic areas of memory culture, interculturality, climate and culture and culture of responsibility. Further projects deal with the future of democracy, the development of metropolises, the status of religion in international politics, interactions among the cultural and life sciences, the challenge of digital science communication and the societal responsibility of the sciences.
In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, the KWI administers the resident scholars programme Scholars in Residence, which promotes cross-cultural cooperation by highly-qualified young researchers from the humanities, cultural and social sciences in the form of mutual guest sabbaticals.
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