Research is at the center of the Institute’s activities. Scholars from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences work together here under one roof.

Sociology and historiography play a key role in shaping the Institute’s profile insofar as the research agenda for the future can be characterized as “historically informed social science” that sets out to analyze central areas of conflict in modern societies from a theoretically sophisticated and—whenever possible—comparative perspective. The focus is on phenomena of (past and present) macro-violence as well as on the resolution and management of conflicts with legal mechanisms and the current problems facing democracy.

Research projects currently being pursued at HIS are shown below. For information on completed projects or the projects of associated researchers at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture, please select the appropriate filter under “Project type”.