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Leipzig University

Universität Leipzig (Leipzig University) was founded in 1409 and is the second oldest university in Germany where teaching has continued without interruption. Today it offers a wide spectrum of academic disciplines at 14 faculties with more than 150 institutes. From A for African Studies to W for West Slavic Studies, Universität Leipzig is a classic university with the whole range of subjects from natural sciences through law, human and veterinary medicine to numerous arts degrees. 28,000 young people from all over the world are currently studying on more than 140 courses. A variety of co-operation programmes with foreign partner universities and an internationally oriented choice of subjects make Leipzig attractive for students world-wide. The University has exchange programmes with over 350 ERASMUS partner universities in some 150 European cities and with more than 60 universities outside Europe.

The traditionally broad range of subjects also constitutes the basis for interdisciplinary research of the highest ranking. This is reflected particularly in the six top-level research areas in which several faculties together co-operate with non-university research institutions. Under its slogan of “A Tradition of Crossing Boundaries”, the University is proud of its internationally recognised academic achievements, especially in the fields of biomedicine, regional sciences and intelligent materials. It is known for its innovative research clusters spanning from Medicine to Life and Natural Sciences and putting emphasis on trans-regional perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS)Leipzig University has developed interdisciplinary training of PhD candidates in the field of the humanities and social sciences since the late 1990s. On the basis of various thematic programmes funded by different agencies since 2001, the university has established a Graduate School Global and Area Studies in 2013 which includes six PhD programmes. One of these programmes is run together with the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, while the other five are cooperation projects with other universities across the world. All of these programmes are highly international and all together they have more than 140 PhD candidates preparing their dissertat ion at this moment. There are also Post-docs working in the same field of interest.

The approach that the Graduate School is based on is unique in its emphasis on a combination of global and transnational history on the one hand and international, area and transregional studies on the other, including the investigation of commodity chains, International organizations, migration systems and cultural transfers in the study of critical junctures of globalization.

Team members
Prof.dr. Matthias Middell Prof.dr. Matthias Middell studied history at the Leipzig University, was awarded a PhD in the field of French revolutionary history there in 1989, and received his habilitation with a study of world history writing during the 20th century in 2002. As head of the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Consortium, he teaches regularly at partner universities and co-supervise PhD candidates together with colleagues from France, South Africa, and Ethiopia. Recently he is spokesperson of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, director of the M.A. programme Global Studies, professor of Cultural History, spokesperson of the Centre for Area Studies, and spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”.

Dr. Martina Keilbach Dr. Martina Keilbach studied Sociology and German Studies in Heidelberg and Leipzig and earned her PhD in 2010 in Comparative Cultural History at Leipzig University. Since 2001, she coordinated doctoral programmes in the humanities and social sciences, since 2013, she is the scientific coordinator of the new founded Graduate School Global and Area Studies. Furthermore, she is responsible for the Integrated Research Training Group of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”.

Saskia Steszewski, MA Saskia Steszewski, MA studied Sociology in Leipzig and Copenhagen and earned her master’s degree in 2018. Her master thesis was concerned with reasons for dropping out of doctoral studies. Working for the Graduate School “Global and Area Studies” as a student and research assistant since 2012 she is currently assisting in the Graduate SPIRIT project. She is a PhD candidate within the Graduate School Global and Area Studies since 2018.

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