KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Intitut Essen, KWI)

Research_area Climate and Culture


Director: Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie

Climate and Culture is a transdisciplinary research area at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, a research center affiliated to the Ruhr-University of Bochum, the Technical
University of Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Founded in 2008, this research area is the first major research project to focus on the cultural and political consequences of climate change, and it takes a new approach to the analysis of far-reaching processes of social change. Climate and Culture picks up on existing areas of research at KWI, which are also studying factors crucial to the perception of and response to the consequences of climate change, including issues of social responsibility, cultural memory and intercultural differences.

Scientific and Cultural Cooperation by Climate and Culture
The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen is pursuing several scientific and cultural projects with a number of national and international partners, including the Goethe Institutes in North America and East Asia and the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), the Federal and State Offices for Political Education as well as museums and other exhibition venues such as the Ruhr Museum in Essen, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden. The KWI is also a co-organizer of the Spiekeroog Climate Forum.

Climate Blog
The Climate Blog CLIMATE WORLDS is a cooperation between the KWI and the Goethe Institutes and is part of GOETHE.DE/CLIMATE a platform with artistic and cultural-scientific reflections about climate change. It includes art projects, more blogs, magazine and events. The bloggers are young academics of the cultural and social sciences.

International Conference: The Great Transformation
From June 8 to 10, 2009, the conference The Great Transformation was held in Essen. The papers given at the conference as well as the response by the media can be viewed on the external website.