The School of Humanities’ research is characterized by interdisciplinary research projects with internal and external partners and outstanding research achievements throughout Germany. The latter was proven in diverse rankings, such as the CHE ranking, for instance. The Mannheim humanities' research attracts a lot of attention in all of Germany, particularly for the following three research focuses:


One of the major established and interdisciplinary research focuses consists in the investigation of sociopolitical and educational challenges in the fields of multilingual communication, language system and variation, as well as language acquisition. Here, the Mannheim linguists and media and communication scientists cooperate with the internationally renowned 'Institut für Deutsche Sprache' (Institute for the German Language). The University of Mannheim is also closely linked to this institute at institutional level through joint appeal proceedings, for instance.

The interdisciplinary linguistic research activities in the fields of language contact, multilingualism and language acquisition are supported by the centre MAZEM (Mannheimer Zentrum für Empirische Mehrsprachigkeit), which was founded in 2011 as a non-profit company. It originated from the 'Forschungs- und Kontaktstelle Mehrsprachigkeit' (Research and Contact Area for Multilingualism) and transfers knowledge from linguistic research to pedagogical practice.  The research focus on multilingual communication and language acquisition also provides links to linguistic and cultural-scientific research projects in the field of 'migration and integration'. Moreover, the structure of the interdisciplinary Master Programme 'Language and Communication' is oriented towards this established research focus, to link the master and doctoral studies to an even greater extent, according to the specific profile of Mannheim humanities.

'Culture and Economy in the Process of Globalization'

The cultural-scientific analysis of modernization and globalization processes constitutes another profile-building research focus. The ongoing doctoral programme 'Formations of the Global' has national and international members and is well known as a Mannheim research focus in the field of cultural studies. In accordance with the university's profile, the individual subjects and departments of the School of Humanities, especially literature studies and history, are closely cooperating with the ones of the Business School, the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Law. In courses, lectures and colloquia that are partly organized by the doctoral students themselves, individual aspects of globalization are examined culturally in interdisciplinary lectures, developing a theoretically demanding and at the same time applicable conception of globalization. To complement the Mannheim teaching and research profile, the fields of economic ethics, corporate social responsibility, business languages and business communication are increasingly incorporated into this research focus.

'Media Change: Social Change'

On the one hand, this working title deals with the developments of media and media communication, on the other hand it deals with social development as mutually influencing dynamic processes at the centre of the analytical and empirical interest. This programme turned out to be a major focus in the field of media and communication studies, providing diverse networking opportunities between the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences.


In the planning period from 2012 to 2017, the Mannheim School of Humanities' national and international visibility is still to be increased by creating even more networks with culture, society and economy and by further internationalizing our research and teaching. The topic 'Dynamics of Change' was elaborated as a common interdisciplinary research theme. To all our departments, this guiding theme opens up diverse possibilities of making subject-specific and interdisciplinary contributions.  Currently, a 'Leibniz-Campus-Project' that facilitates new third-party funded projects is prepared in cooperation with the IDS Mannheim (Institute for the German Language).

Detailed information on current research projects carried out at the School of Humanities can be found at http://www.uni-mannheim.de/1/forschung/index.html and on the homepages of our individual chairs.

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