Lichtenberg-Kolleg - The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study


The Lichtenberg-Kolleg's research profile is built on the attempts of the past years to focus on a set of main themes, or "umbrellas".
Currently, five research foci that represent strong interests of the Göttingen faculties are taken up by the Kolleg.

First, the interdisciplinary study of the Göttingen and European Enlightenment(s) within its wider Atlantic and Global Contexts has become a flagship of the Kolleg, named after one of the key figures of the Enlightenment, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799). Göttingen is not only associated with the Enlightenment's German manifestations, but also with the Enlightenment of other European and Atlantic regions and countries.

The second research umbrella, namely the study of religion will remain a strong research focus of the Kolleg as the study of religion is rich and widespread amongst the Göttingen research campus. For the period 2015 to 2017 the research topic in this field will focus on Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity.

Thirdly, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg fosters building bridges between the natural and human sciences. Göttingen University with its great strengths in the natural sciences and its rich traditions in the humanities and social sciences seems like an apt place for the reflection and reconstruction of the dialogue between natural and human sciences. Together with the German Primate Centre, Fellows at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg develop Research on Primate Cognition: Philosophical, Linguistic, and Historical Perspectives.

Fourthly, further interdisciplinary inquiry revolves around the divers methods and subejct matters of European Intellectual History / History of Political Thought.

For each topic a specific research team will be set up, in close cooperation with Göttingen colleagues. The composition of each research group will be a mixture of Göttingen faculty, Senior Fellows, Mid-Career Fellows and Early Career Fellows – with a strong emphasis on the development of an Early Career Fellowship programme.

You can also find information on former and upcoming research Projects on the Website links on the right hand side.