The Graduate Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences assembles under one roof various disciplines at Leipzig University, such as humanities, social sciences, economics and regional studies. The Centre also provides the framework for a structured, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented doctoral education. Among the classes in the Graduate Centre there are two DFG-sponsored research training schools, two bi-national doctoral programmes, and a regional doctoral programme sponsored by economists from Dresden, Halle and Leipzig.
The classes at the graduate centre have as their focal point global and transnational networking as well as the spatiality of social action and the resulting cultural, political and economic processes that transcend national borders. The particular strength of the Graduate Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences lies in its wide-ranging regional competences bringing together expertise on the different parts of Europe, the two Americas, as well as West, South, and East Asia and Africa and allowing for comparative analyses and studies of increasing global connectedness on a strong empirical foundation.
Specialists from a wide range of fields take part in supervising the dissertation projects of doctoral researchers. The centre also assigns importance to comprehensive exchange between the disciplines, which takes place annually at the Summer School.
All classes in the Graduate Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences offer a curriculum focused on research in the disciplinary field. They also all provide opportunities to acquire soft-skills. Currently, there are more than 200 doctoral students engaged in research at the centre. Over 50 professors from 6 different faculties at Leipzig University as well as from several research institutes outside the university provide supervision on individual projects.
For more information on our research programmes and the structure of the qualification programme, visit the external website of the Graduate Centre.
Classes of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences
Central-German Doctoral Program Economics
The Central-German Doctoral Programme in Economics (CGDE) provides a regional doctoral program in economics. The central aim of CGDE is to enhance the quality of doctoral education by offering research-oriented courses that are conducted by internationally renowned researchers. This network is a joint initiative of the following economics faculties and research institutes in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia:
- Faculty of Economics and Management (TU Dresden)
- Institute for Economic Research Dresden (ifo Dresden)
- Faculty of Economics and Management (Martin-Luther-University, Halle)
- Leibniz Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH)
- Faculty of Economics and Management (Leipzig University)
- Faculty of Economics and Management (Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg)
- Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena)
German as a Foreign Language - Transcultural German Studies
The PhD course of study "German as a Foreign Language / Transcultural German Studies" deals with the German language, literature and culture from the specific perspective of its transcultural mediation i.e. its impartation across cultural frontiers. The programme is housed at two universities, Leipzig University and the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Global and Area Studies (Peace and Security in Africa)
Since October 2012, Leipzig University has offered a three-year interdisciplinary doctoral training programme in the field of Global and Area Studies with a special emphasis on peace and security in Africa. This programme operates in close cooperation with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). It trains junior researchers and professionals in research on globalisation as well as in peace and security research. Among other things, this programme qualifies its participants for employment in international organizations in the field of conflict management, prevention and resolution (and other areas of the emerging African Peace and Security Architecture, APSA). It also prepares participants as future lecturers, scholars and researchers for the rapidly expanding higher education sector in Ethiopia and its neighbouring countries.
Graduate School "Global and Area Studies"
The Graduate School of Global and Area Studies (GSGAS) at Leipzig University invites young scholars from around the world to work on a fascinating project that is global in scope and inter- as well as post-disciplinary in its orientation. We are looking for original contributions by excellent doctoral researchers interested in all types of area studies, history, the social science as well as international studies. We seek a comprehensive answer to the general question of how societies across the globe react to the dialectics of de-territorialisation and re-territorialisation. Specifically, we are interested in the persistence of long lasting frameworks for social interaction within and between cultures, nations and regional clusters of states as well as in the emergence of new spatial configurations of interaction.
Religion, Secularity and Cultural Dynamics
This graduate class combines two former classes "Religious Non-Conformism and Cultural Dynamics" and "Secularities: Configurations and Developmental Paths". The class, thus, brings together two central research fields (Religion and Secularities) at Leipzig University and is aimed at doctoral researchers in the humanities and the social sciences, whose work addresses the development, differentiation and praxis of religious and secular phenomena, past and present. The boundaries between these phenomena manifest in cultural dynamics that unfold in the context of religious processes of negotiation, traditions, and appropriations. The focus of the class, therefore, is on the reciprocal relationship and processes of transformation of "Religion, Secularity, and Cultural Dynamics". The starting point, therefore, is the assumption that religious change always occurs in the context of cultural processes of transformation and in relation to secular societal processes. Empirical and historical examples from various religious traditions and regions will be examined. The goal of the class is critical reflection on central theories and concepts as well as the systematic treatment of questions related to this topic. The class is also open to other topics and issues in research on religion.
The graduate class offers doctoral research and post-doctoral research the possibility of interdisciplinary exchange through doctoral colloquia, workshops on methodology, and research seminars. The class also works closely with the Humanities Centre for Advanced Study Multiple Secularities and with the Centre for the Study of Religion.