Cultural and Intellectual History of the Eighteenth Century

As an interdisciplinary research centre for the study of eighteenth-century cultural and intellectual history, the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (IZEA) connects advanced international Enlightenment research with an interdisciplinary discussion on methods. It provides optimal working conditions to scholars from all over the world. Its research programme comprises research and editing projects concerning the history of the university, society and communication in the eighteenth century; the fields of anthropology, the transfer of culture and literary forms of representation during the Enlightenment; the development of cultural patterns; and the “Garden Kingdom” of Dessau-Wörlitz.

In addition, three large editing and cataloguing projects are located at the IZEA. These are: the "Letters from and to Christian Thomasius," the "Historical-critical edition of the correspondence between Christian Wolff and Christoph Graf von Manteuffel" and the "Scholarly indexing and digitization of the archive of the publishing company Gebauer-Schwetschke in Halle between 1733 and 1930."

Federal State Research Programme "Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge"

The IZEA is involved in the federal state main research programme "Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge," one of four main research areas of the Martin Luther University, funded by the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt. The research and tuition of this scientific network deal with the transformations of the religious and the rational in modernity during the "long" eighteenth century, including perspectives that are a key to the present. Public events put on by the network take place at the IZEA. From the winter semester of 2009-10 on, the IZEA started an interdisciplinary Master programme bearing the same name.