The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 is a cooperation between the University of Leipzig and two non-university research centres: the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL). The SFB research programme is directly linked to the overall research foci of the Centre for Area Studies (CAS).
University of Leipzig / Universität Leipzig
On its ambitious path to becoming a European top-level university and internationally recognised seat of research and learning for young scholars, the University of Leipzig draws on an extensive range of subject areas. Crossing boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, international collaboration, networking with non-university research institutes as well as business are not just traditions of the University of Leipzig but are also the basis of its academic excellence.
Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at the University of Leipzig / Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)
The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at the University of Leipzig is a research institute commited to international cooperation and multidisciplinary approaches. The GWZO focuses on the comparative research into the history and culture of territories between the Baltic, the Black, and the Adriatic seas from the Early Middle Ages up to the present day. At present, approximately 50 fellows from Germany and abroad take part in several research projects. The GWZO closely cooperates with a considerable number of scholarly institutes both from East Central and Western Europe as well as other parts of the world.
Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography / Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL)
The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography is the only research institute for geography in Germany that is not attached to a university. The research carried out at the IfL is concerned with spatial structures and current developments that have a spatial impact in Europe, as well as with the theoretical and historical foundations of regional geography. Under the heading “New Geographies of Europe”, the researchers analyse ongoing processes, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. An important area of the institute’s work is the presentation of research findings for specialist and more general audiences.
Centre for Area Studies (CAS)
The Centre for Area Studies, founded in 2009, is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Leipzig. Placing a special emphasis on the academic collaboration between area studies and other disciplines in social sciences and humanities, CAS facilitates transregional and global approaches. The successful realization of the research programme “Cultural Encounters and Political Orders in a Global Age” during the first funding period (2009–2014) propelled the establishment of these approaches in bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programmes as well as the internationalization strategies of the university. The second research phase 2014–2016 aims to systematically summarize the individual research projects of the first funding period and future work on guiding categories for a historically grounded globalization research. The fruit of these efforts will be a two-volume Handbook on Transregional Studies comprised of contributions from a wide spectrum of international scholars.