About Us

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. 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.

The Institute is among the pioneers of graduate education in the relatively new field of Global Studies and offers an international MA-programme in collaboration with universities all around the world. The MA-programme in European Studies focuses on the many regions of Europe in a geographic sense including paying attention to its borders, in particular the Eastern and South-Eastern demarcations. Both programmes offer an excellent academic training by drawing from ongoing research and give tremendous possibilities for students to gain intercultural experiences. The work in our classrooms is truly international, bringing students and teachings from as many as 45 countries together due to an extensive mobility programme that links us with our partner universities.

The research agenda of the Institute, often carried out in joint projects with other institutions, comprises the study of changing world orders, the investigation of portals of globalization and a reflexive approach towards Global and Area Studies including the history of scientific paradigms and academic institutions in world-wide comparison. The studies are based on and elaborate arguments made by three research strands: the discussions that constituted the 'spatial turn' emphasizing the social production and thus historicity of spaces; the study of transferts culturelswith its attention on the mutual effects of cross-cultural encounters; and the post-colonial studies that address inequalities in worldwide interactions.