The History Programme of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften

The History Programme is a subprogramme of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg, which itself is a collaboration between Goethe University Frankfurt and the Werner Reimers Stiftung. The department of history at Goethe University is responsible for the academic programme. Every year, the History Programme invites fellows to stay at the Institute for a few weeks or up to a few months in order to work together on a common theme.

The History Programme is a place of personal, communicative exchange and the development of new perspectives on current research topics in historical science. The fellows can take advantage of a dynamic and innovative working atmosphere in which they can discuss new projects and get them off the ground. The fact that the programme is embedded in the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften ensures that there are always opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange. As members of the History Programme, the fellows are also active in two other areas: they participate in the academic life of the university with guest lectures and scholarly colloquia and they also contribute to the dialog with the greater public in the form of public lectures and discussions at the Institute.

Benefactors and sponsors

The History Programme, which was established for an initial period of five years, owes its start to the interest and commitment of private and public supporters with excellent reputations in academic and cultural funding in the Rhine-Main region. Among these are the city of Bad Homburg and the Bad Homburg entrepreneur, Stefan Quandt. The principal benefactor is the Dagmar-Westberg-Stiftung.


(from left) Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (director of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften), Dagmar Westberg (benefactor),Till van Rahden (History Programme fellow), Ellinor Schweighöfer (research associate of the History Programme), Andreas Fahrmeir (academic director of the History Programme). Image: Uwe Dettmar, 2014.

Key subjects

Subject of 2014: »The World Around 1914« 
Academic coordinator: Andreas Fahrmeir (Professor of Modern History at Goethe University Frankfurt)

Subject of 2015/16: »Varieties of Capitalism - the Atlantic World and Asia«
Academic coordinator: Werner Plumpe (Professor of Economic and Social History at Goethe University Frankfurt)

Subject of 2016/17: »Reformations«
Academic coordinator: Luise Schorn-Schütte (Professor of Modern History at Goethe University Frankfurt)

Subject of 2017: »End of Empires«
Academic coordinators: Christoph Corneließen (Professor of Modern and Recent History at Goethe University Frankfurt); Thomas Duve (Professor of Comparative Legal History at Goethe University Frankfurt)

Subject of 2018: »Christianizations in Late Antiquity«
Academic coordinator
: Hartmut Leppin (Professor of Ancient History at Goethe University Frankfurt)


Please find an event overview of the History Programme here.


The Historische Kolleg