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Leibniz Alumni

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Since 1994, highly renowned and experienced international scholars have been coming to Leipzig University for one semester to research and to teach at the Research Academy Leipzig and at the host institutes as Leibniz professors.

In addition to intergenerational scientific exchange, the programme prioritises the effective and sustained advancement of junior scientists. To this end, various formats have been developed. These formats include workshops and seminars as well as the Science Café, which fosters academic exchange on interdisciplinary topics in an informal and relaxed setting.

Upon returning to their home universities or non-university research institutions, Leibniz professors act as ambassadors for Leipzig University and as contact persons for young Leipzig scientists.

Former Leibniz professors come back to Leipzig for the alumni meeting in order to maintain a lasting exchange among themselves and with young scientists.

Leibniz Lectures Leipzig

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Leibniz Professorship, the first issue of Leibniz Lectures Leipzig, documenting the research and teaching stays of programme participants, was published. The series aims at capturing key aspects and events of the Leibniz-Programme, especially those of the Leibniz-Professorship, and includes the introductory remarks, laudations, inaugural lectures, and interviews with past Leibniz-Professors. The books can be ordered through Leipzig University Press.

The first volume is dedicated to the 2013 recipients of the Leibniz-Professorship – Professor Wolf-Dietrich Sahr (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil), Professor Alois Würger (University of Bordeaux, France) and Professor Robert A. Roe (Maastricht University, Netherlands).

The second volume is dedicated to Professor Florian Steger (Martin Luther - Universität Halle Wittenberg) and Professor John Wilson (Oxford University), the 2014 recipients of the Leibniz-Professorship at Leipzig University.

Former Leibniz Professors

Chronology of Leibniz Professors

Winter semester 2017/18: Prof. Dr. Ingolf U. Dalferth

Winter semester 2017/18: Prof. Dr. Ingolf U. Dalferth

The philosopher of religion and theologian Prof. Dr. Ingolf U. Dalferth is Lebniz-Professor at Leipzig University in winter semester 2017/18.

Prof. Dalferth held his inauguration lecture "Glaubensfreiheit. Über Freiheit als Fiktion und Glaube als Einbildung" on October, 23 at 5pm in the Alter Senatssaal.

The whole inauguration lecture can be watched here.

Summer semester 2017: Prof. Dr. Stefan Th. Gries

Summer semester 2017: Prof. Dr. Stefan Th. Gries

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University: University of California, USA

Subject: Linguistics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "On the Role and Use of Quantitative Methods in Linguistics"

Stefan Th. Gries is a full professor of linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He completed his MA and PhD at the University of Hamburg, after which he worked at the Institute for Business Communication and Information Science at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg. In 2005, he was a “visiting researcher” at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, before accepting a position in November 2005 at the UCSB. In 2011, he was named honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. In 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2015, he was a visiting professor at the LSA Linguistic Institutes at Stanford University as well as at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Professor Gries is a quantitative corpus linguist whose research is at the intersection of corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics and computer linguistics; in his work, he utilizes a variety of statistical methods to investigate linguistic topics such as morphophonology (the formation of morphological blends), syntax (syntactic alternations), the syntax-lexis interface (collostructional analysis), semantics (polysemy, antonymy, and synonymy), corpus linguistic methodology (corpus similarity and homogeneity, association and dispersion measures, n-gram identification and exploration, and other quantitative methods) as well as first and second language acquisition. Gries’s theoretical orientation is cognitive/usage-based linguistics broadly defined (with an interest in construction grammar).

Professor Gries held his inaugural lecture "On the Role and Use of Quantitative Methods in Linguistics" on April 19 at the Bibliotheca Albertina (Leipzig University Library).

During summer semester 2017, he offered  two seminars for graduate students and doctoral researchers on the topics "Corpus Linguistics" and "Statistics for Linguistics".

Winter semester 2016/17: Ph.D. Vincenzo de Risi

Winter semester 2016/17: Ph.D. Vincenzo de Risi

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University: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin, Germany

Subject: History of Science

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Leibniz and the Science of Space"

In winter semester 2016/17, Vincenzo De Risi from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science was appointed as Leibniz-Professor in the Leibniz Programme of the Research Academy. De Risi studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Rome, and took his PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Later on, he worked at the Scuola Normale, was Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Technische Universität Berlin, visiting fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the Leibniz-Archiv in Hannover, and Research Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (2010-2016), where he led a research group working on the history of geometry in the Early Modern Age.

De Risi's main field of research is the history of epistemology, with special emphasis on the relations between the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. In history of philosophy, he has mainly worked and published on Leibniz and Kant, while in history of mathematics (and mathematical epistemology) his work concentrated on the development of axiomatics from Antiquity to the Early Modern Age, and on the birth of non-Euclidean geometry. More recently, De Risi also worked on metaphysics and the foundations of geometry in ancient times (Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus), as well as in the Arabic Middle Ages.

During his stay in Leipzig as Leibniz Professor, De Risi taught graduate classes on Leibniz's and Kant’s theories of space, the connection of the metaphysics of space with the epistemology of geometry, and the relevance of it for the overall assessment on the birth of idealism.

Summer semester 2016: Prof. Maria Rosa Antognazza

Summer semester 2016: Prof. Maria Rosa Antognazza

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University: King's College London, UK

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Theory and Praxis in Leibniz's Theological Thought"

Video of the inaugural lecture

Winter semester 2015/16: Prof. James Conant

Winter semester 2015/16: Prof. James Conant

University: University of Chicago, USA

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Thomas Kuhn über den Unterschied von Rätseln und Problemen"

Summer semester 2015: Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen

Summer semester 2015: Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen

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University: Stellenbosch University, South Afrika

Subject: Political Science

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Asia in the African Scholarly Imaginary"

Winter semester 2014/15: Prof. John Wilson

Winter semester 2014/15: Prof. John Wilson

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University: Universität Oxford, UK

Subject: Mathematics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Schöne Strukturen in Mathematik und Musik: Beiträge einiger Leipziger Meister"

Summer semester 2014: Prof. Florian Steger

Summer semester 2014: Prof. Florian Steger

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University: Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Subject: History and Ethics of Medicine

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Braucht die Medizin Künste, und brauchen Künste Medizin?"

Winter semester 2013/14: Prof. Robert A. Roe

Winter semester 2013/14: Prof. Robert A. Roe

University: Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands

Subject: Social Sciences & Psychology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die Wiederentdeckung der Zeit und die Zukunft der Psychologie"

Summer semester 2013: Prof. Alois Würger

Summer semester 2013: Prof. Alois Würger

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University: Université Bordeaux, France

Subject: Physics/Geophysics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Kräfte, die keine sind und doch wirken: thermodynamische Kräfte in weicher Materie"

Winter semester 2012/13: Prof. Jean-Pierre Goudaillier

Winter semester 2012/13: Prof. Jean-Pierre Goudaillier

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University: Université Paris V Descartes, France

Subject: Linguistics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Deutsch-französische Parallelen? Soziologische und sozio-linguistische Forschungsansätze zu sprachlichen Substandards"

Winter semester 2012/13: Prof. Wolf-Dietrich Sahr

Winter semester 2012/13: Prof. Wolf-Dietrich Sahr

University: Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Subject: Cultural Geography

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die postkoloniale Kondition der Amerikas zwischen Lebenswelt und geopolitischer Territoralität"

Summer semester 2012: Prof. David Wellbery

Summer semester 2012: Prof. David Wellbery

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University: University of Chicago, USA

Subject: German Language & Literature

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Zum leiblichen Imaginären in der Literatur: Goethe, Nietzsche, Musil"

 

 

Winter semester 2011/12: Prof. Dirk Morr

Winter semester 2011/12: Prof. Dirk Morr

University: University of Illinois, USA

Subject: Theoretical Physics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Everything Nano (... or why things get interesting when they become small)"

Summer semester 2011: Prof. Claudine Delphis

Summer semester 2011: Prof. Claudine Delphis

University: Université Paris VII, France

Subject: German-French Culture

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Französische Intellektuelle und ihre Vorträge an der Universität Leipzig in den Jahren 1927-1933: Eine Würdigung der Tätigkeit von Wilhelm Friedmann"

Winter semester 2010/11: Prof. Christian Kanzian

Winter semester 2010/11: Prof. Christian Kanzian

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University: University of Innsbruck, Austria

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "'Monaden haben keine Fenster' (Leibniz, Monadologie §7) - Über die Relevanz von Modellen im interdisziplinären Gespräch"

Summer semester 2010: Prof. Igor Primoraz

Summer semester 2010: Prof. Igor Primoraz

University: Charles Sturt University Canberra, Australia

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Patriotism and Ethics"

Winter semester 2009/10: Prof. John Boles

Winter semester 2009/10: Prof. John Boles

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University: Rice University Houston, USA

Subject: History

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "New Orleans: Past, Present and Future"

Summer semester 2009: Prof. Randall Snurr

Summer semester 2009: Prof. Randall Snurr

University: Northwestern University Evanston, USA

Subject: Molecular Dynamics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Nanoprous Material for Solving Energy and Environmental Problems"

Winter semester 2008/09: Prof. Nicolas García

Winter semester 2008/09: Prof. Nicolas García

University: CSIC Madrid, Spain

Subject: Nanotechnology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Small Things in a Big World"

Summer semester 2008: Prof. Robert Brandom

Summer semester 2008: Prof. Robert Brandom

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University: Pittsburgh University, USA

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "How Analytic Philosophy Failed Cognitive Science"

Winter semester 2007/08: Prof. Lev Sakhnovich

Winter semester 2007/08: Prof. Lev Sakhnovich

University: New York University, USA

Subject: Mathematics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die Methode der Operatoridentitäten und ihre Anwendung auf Probleme der klassischen Analysis - eine Einführung"

Summer semester 2007: Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Summer semester 2007: Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

University: Stanford University, USA

Subject: Romance Studies

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Latenz-Stimmung: Wie gegenwärtig sind uns die 50er Jahre?"

Winter semester 2006/07: Prof. Kristóf Nyíri

Winter semester 2006/07: Prof. Kristóf Nyíri

University: Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Wörter und Bilder"

Summer semester 2006: Prof. Georg Kremnitz

Summer semester 2006: Prof. Georg Kremnitz

University: University of Vienna, Austria

Subject: Romance Studies

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die Eroberung der Schriftlichkeit durch die romanischen Sprachen im Vergleich"

Winter semester 2005/06: Dr. Tecumseh Fitch

Winter semester 2005/06: Dr. Tecumseh Fitch

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University: University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Subject: Evolutionary Biology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "The Comparative Approach to the Biology and Evolution of Cognition"

Summer semester 2005: Prof. Bernd Berg

Summer semester 2005: Prof. Bernd Berg

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University: Florida State University Tallahassee, USA

Subject: Quantum Physics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "The Computer Revolution and Computer Simulations"

Winter semester 2004/05: Prof. Johann Arnason

Winter semester 2004/05: Prof. Johann Arnason

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University: La Trobe University, Australia

Subject: Macrosociology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die Fragestellung der Zivilsationsanalyse. Zwische vergleichender Forschung und polarisierender Ideologie"

Summer semester 2004: Prof. Sang Jung Kang

Summer semester 2004: Prof. Sang Jung Kang

University: University of Tokyo, Japan

Subject:  Social Sciences

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "America's Japan, Japan's Japan and Asia's Japan"

Winter semester 2003/04: Prof. István Winkler

Winter semester 2003/04: Prof. István Winkler

University: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Subject: Psychophysiology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Echoic Memory or Regularity Representation: Sound Perception in Natural Situations"

Summer semester 2003: Prof. David Simo

Summer semester 2003: Prof. David Simo

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University: Université de Yahounde I, Cameroon

Subject: German Language & Literature

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Literatur und Kultur im Zeitalter der Globalisierung: Postkoloniale Ansätze oder Versuche von der Peripherie aus zu sprechen"

Winter semester 2002/03: Prof. Marcelo Dascal

Winter semester 2002/03: Prof. Marcelo Dascal

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University: Tel Aviv University, Israel

Subject: Hisory of Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Scientific Communication and Transparency: Leibniz's Dream and Today's Reality?"

Winter semester 2001/02: Prof. Wolfgang Natter

Winter semester 2001/02: Prof. Wolfgang Natter

University: University of Kentucky, USA

Subject: Geography

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Turn of the Century Geographies 1900/2000: Space and Identity in Ratzel's Antropogeographie and the Socio-spatial Dialectic"

Summer semester 2001: Prof. Peter Hans Nelde

Summer semester 2001: Prof. Peter Hans Nelde

University: Catholic University of Brussels, Belgium

Subject: Linguistics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die neue Mehrsprachigkeit - Perspektiven einer europäischen Sprachpolitik"

 

 

Winter semester 2000/01: Prof. Harald Grosse

Winter semester 2000/01: Prof. Harald Grosse

University: University of Vienna, Austria

Subject: Theoretical Physics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Symmetrie und Symmetrieberechnung in der Physik"

 

 

Summer semester 2000: Prof. Wlodek Rabinowicz

Summer semester 2000: Prof. Wlodek Rabinowicz

University: Lund University, Sweden

Subject: Philosophy

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Wie man aus vorausschauenden Menschen Geld herauspresst"

 

 

Winter semester 1999/2000: Prof. Tullio Maranhão

Winter semester 1999/2000: Prof. Tullio Maranhão

University: University of Minnesota, USA

Subject: Anthropology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "The Metaphysical Diets of Cannibalis and Philosophers"

Summer semester 1999: Prof. Barbara Partee

Summer semester 1999: Prof. Barbara Partee

University: University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Subject: Linguistics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "The Many Meaninf of 'Rodin's Lvoers' - Semantics and the Boundaries of Grammar"

Winter semester 1998/99: Prof. Glyn Humphreys

Winter semester 1998/99: Prof. Glyn Humphreys

University: University of Birmingham, Großbritannien

Subject: Cognitive Science

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "From Vision to Action: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach"

Summer semester 1998: Prof. Merrill Garrett

Summer semester 1998: Prof. Merrill Garrett

University: University of Arizona, USA

Subject: Cognitive Science

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Language and Cognition: Central issues in Cognitive Science"

Winter semester 1997/98: Prof. Edoardo Tortarolo

Winter semester 1997/98: Prof. Edoardo Tortarolo

University: University of Turin, Italy

Subject: History

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Historiker und Fälscher: eine gefährliche Beziehung?"

Summer semester 1997: Prof. Klaus Fredenhagen

Summer semester 1997: Prof. Klaus Fredenhagen

University: University of Hamburg, Germany

Subject: Theoretical Physics

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Gravitation und Quantenphysik: Probleme und Lösungsversuche"

Winter semester 1996/97: Prof. Jutta Scherrer

Winter semester 1996/97: Prof. Jutta Scherrer

University: EHESS Paris, France

Subject: Cultural History

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Die russische Intelligenzija auf der Suche nach ihrer Identität"

Summer semester 1996: Prof. Nuel Belnap

Summer semester 1996: Prof. Nuel Belnap

University: University of Pittsburgh, USA

Subject: Logic

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Unpretentious Free Will and Local Indeterminism"

Winter semester 1995/96: Prof. Michael Geyer

Winter semester 1995/96: Prof. Michael Geyer

University: University of Chicago, USA

Subject: History

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Von der Weltgeschichte zur Globalgeschichte"

Summer semester 1995: Prof. Günter Dux

Summer semester 1995: Prof. Günter Dux

University: Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

Subject: Sociology

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Historisch-genetische Theorie des sozialen Wandels

Winter semester 1994/95: Prof. Georg Henrik von Wright

Winter semester 1994/95: Prof. Georg Henrik von Wright

University: University of Helsinki, Finland

Subject: Logic

Title of Inaugural Lecture: "Der Fortschritt und das Fortschrittsdenken"