Promoting German Studies

Current Projects

   Teaching German in a Transcultural World


      This project aims to facilitate training of self-reflection for all those who meet up in the classroom to learn and teach German.

   Futures of German Diasporas


      This project will initiate a sustained conversation between Germany- and UK-based scholars about German diasporas in times of
      profound change across modern history and across the globe.

Previous projects

Global Crises and What it Means to be German (Jan 2017 - Dec 2017)

Global Crises brought together the research completed during three previous DAAD-funded IGES research projects - Zeitgeist (2011-2012), Worldviews (2013-2014) and (Not) Made in Germany (2015-2016).

(Not) Made in Germany? Imagining Germany from the Outside (Jan 2015 - Dec 2016)

Through this project the IGES consolidated and expanded its role as a primary hub for the support and inspiration of German Studies in the United Kingdom, as well as its reputation as a leading global research centre.

The German Past and the Contemporary World: The domestic and foreign politics of memory (Jan 2013 - Dec 2014)

The project examined in detail the interaction between collective memory, policy elaboration, and the personal remembering of different individuals and social groups.

Zeitgeist. What does it mean to be German in the 21st century? (2010 - 13)

What does it mean to be German in the 21st century? To inherit a difficult history and be subject to national stereotypes or much more than that?

Germany and the Future of Europe (2003 - 04)

This project, funded by the James Madison Trust, explored the contribution of German ideas and actions in shaping the debate on the future of Europe.

The Search for Solutions: Policy Learning in Britain and Germany (1994 - 04)

The Institute for German Studies celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2004 with a series of policy workshops.

Political Participation of Young People in Europe' (EUYOUPART) (2003)

The aim of the study was to look into youth political participation from the perspective of public policy, NGOs, academic literature, and – most importantly – from young people themselves.

Intergovernmental Relations and the EU (2001 - 03)

This project formed part of the research programme, headed by the Constitution Unit at UCL, on "Nations and Regions: The Dynamics of Devolution" funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Policy Transfer and Programmatic Change in Communist Successor Parties in East-Central Europe 2001 - 03)

The aim of the project was to analyse programmatic change in the Communist Successor Parties (CSPs) of East Central Europe.

Political scandals and the trust of citizens in German federal institutions (2001 - 02)

The relationship between corruption (in the form of 'political scandals') and the trust of citizens in German federal institutions.

Multi-Level Electoral Competition and Regional Party Systems (2000 - 01)

The process of constitutional change spawned new arenas of electoral competition environments. In view of these processes of devolution the Leverhulme Trust funded a series of projects.

Shifting Constellations: Germany and Global (Dis)Order (Jan. 2019 ‒ Dec. 2021)

This two-year research project, funded by the DAAD's Promoting German Studies in the UK programme, seeks to analyse how Germany is navigating significant disruptions to the "liberal international order".
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