The Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Leipzig and devoted to graduate teaching and research in the field of Globalisation and Europeanisation. It works at the cross-roads of several disciplines and aims at an analytical interpretation of the global condition in which we live. We do so by studying its emergence over and by examining the reciprocity of increasing flows of people, goods, capital and ideas transcending traditional borders of political, economic and cultural units on the one hand and to changing attempts of gaining control over these flows on the other hand. ... read more 

News from the GESI

GESI/IPSS Inaugural Alumni Conference convenes in Dakar

From 6-10 September 2018, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University and the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) of Leipzig University hosted the first alumni conference for the jointly offered Master and PhD programmes in “Global Studies with a Special Emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa”.[more]

Three doctoral positions at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), application deadline November 15th

The ARL is offering three academic research positions for doctoral studies. The positions are part of the interdisciplinary program “Urban and rural transformation processes”, a joint initiative of the ARL and the Leibnitz University Hannover. The doctoral program focusses on the transformation of spatial structure as viewed from scientific and ecological perspectives and as those of engineering...[more]

University of Leipzig Alumna is looking for chocolate lovers!

After having finished her degree in Global Studies at the University of Leipzig, Julia has started working in a social start-up called "fairafric" producing chocolate completely in Ghana. Why? Because increasing Ghana's share in the value chain in the chocolate industry means more local income for the country in which cocoa actually grows. By producing in Ghana, fairafric creates middle-income...[more]

Conference “Imaginations and Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”, October 4th to 6th in Leipzig

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 is hosting its third annual conference at the beginning of October. The focus of this year’s conference will be the role of imagination(s) in the making and changing spatial formats and spatial orders under the global condition in both past and present. The participants will discuss questions like: How is space produced through the perceptions,...[more]

New Publication “Globalizing East European Art History”

Beáta Hock, who teaches at the GESI and Anu Allas have edited a new publication entitled: “Globalizing East European Art History” which is published by Routledge. This edited collection reassesses East-Central European art by offering transnational perspectives on its regional or national histories, while also inserting the region into contemporary discussions of global issues. [more]

New Research Project "The People's Republic of China and the Area of Sowjet hegemony during the Cold War"

The Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO) starts a research project about The People's Republic of China and the Area of Sowjet hegemony during the Cold War. The focus of this project will be on the transfer of technologies in the field of industry and economy. [more]

Guest lecture on Transnationalist Movements and Border Crossings amongst Queer Refugees in Germany and South Africa at the IfL on October 1, 2018

The IfL invites to a guest lecture on the topic of Transnationalist Movements and Border Crossings amongst Queer Refugees in Germany and South Africa on October 1, 2018, at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.[more]

Post-doc and PhD positions at Goldsmiths in relation to Topological Atlas project with application deadline October 3rd

The PhDs are part of a European Research Council funded project, Topological Atlas: Mapping Contemporary Borderscapes (TopATLAS). The project is focused on the investigation of border sites across three countries: Pakistan, Turkey and UK. It involves working with researchers from all three countries, as well as with a range of collaborators including NGOs, lawyers, artists and arts...[more]

Activity report of the EU funded project "Being refugee: A European narrative"

In 2018 the EU funded a project entitled: “Flucht europäisch erzählen! Being refugee: a European narrative“ in which Leipzig University participated. The project focused on events from the 20th and 21st centuries with the aim of presenting refugees’ (hi)stories within Europe at the very place where history has traditionally been conveyed: at the museum and thus raised awareness that “being...[more]

4. Day of Teaching at Leipzig University on November 7, 2018

The Leipzig University organizes for the 4. time a Day of Teaching, where lecturers, students and staff have a joint exchange on subject-specific and interdisziplinary questions of teaching and learning.[more]