The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)
The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen belongs to the three universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen, which form the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR).
The KWI promotes excellent interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social and cultural sciences and maintains close co-operations with regional, national and international partners. It conducts basic research on the principles of modern culture with regard to relevant questions of contemporary societies. At present the Institute focuses on the thematic fields of Europe, cultural diversity of global citizenship, public participation, and cultural aspects of climate change. The KWI engages in civic education and outreach programmes by organizing public events and co-operations with cultural institutions as well as the media.