The GESI is home of the headquarters of a branch of H-Soz-u-Kult and concerned with reviewing recent publications in the fields of European, non-European and transnational history as well as scholarly contributions in the history of sciences and religion.

H-Soz-u-Kult Leipzig aims at de-centering German history by promoting knowledge on its neighbouring countries, by emphasising developments in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East and by drawing attention to cross-border and cross-regional entanglements. Added to that it contributes to the self-reflection of academia by presenting research on the development of the sciences and  university systems. Both strands, as well as the history of religion are linked with the research focus of the GESI, namely the study of globalization processes, empirically grounded in world regions studies, and the core area of the social sciences of the University, the study of secularization processes. 

During the years 2009 and 2010, not including the reviews published in in the forum geschichte.transnational, almost 200 new publications have been announced and critically discussed. The work of the 16 board members is organized in the following nine  editorial teams: 

African History
supervised by Andreas Eckert and Julia Tischler (both Berlin) 

Latin American History
supervised by Silke Hensel (Münster) and Debora Gerstenberger (Berlin)

Near and Middle Eastern History
supervised by Astrid Meier (Beirut)

South and Southeast Asian History
supervised by Michael Mann (Berlin) 

East and Southeast European History
supervised by Frank Hadler and Dietmar Müller (Leipzig)

Western European History
supervised by Matthias Middell (Leipzig), Kerstin Lange (Berlin), Guido Thiemeyer (Cergy-Pontoise) and Claudia Prinz (Berlin)

Transnational History
supervised by Katja Naumann (Leipzig)

History of the Sciences
supervised by Christine von Oertzen and Hansjakob Ziemer (both Berlin) 

History of Religion
currently vacant