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The Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) hosts outstanding scholars and researchers, as well as representatives of both the visual and the performing arts, who will find an interdisciplinary space of research and exchange in Hamburg, Germany.

HIAS promotes scholarship and research in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering and the Arts. It was founded in January 2019 by a group of top higher education institutions:

Alide Cagidemetrio, English Literature
Emerita Università Ca´ Foscari Venezia, NYU Abu Dhabi

Rainer Goebel, Cognitive Neuroscience
Universität Maastricht

Katrin Hammerschmidt, Microbiology
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Thomas Hirschhorn, Art
Paris

Philipp Lehmann, History of Science
University of California, Riverside

Dietmar von der Pfordten, Legal and Social Philosophy
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Sophia Prinz, Cultural Sociology and Theory of Design
Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)

Anna Katharina Schaffner, Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities
University of Kent

Werner Sollors, English Literature
Emeritus Harvard University

Chenxi Tang, German Literature
University of California, Berkeley

HIAS appoints outstanding scholars and artists from all parts of the world who are granted full freedom to pursue their own research projects under excellent conditions on-site in Hamburg.

Starting in October 2020, HIAS aims to enable scholars and researchers as well as artists of distinction a space of intellectual freedom, entirely unimpeded by their usual professional duties, in which to pursue their own projects.

The appointment of fellows is conducted both via calls for application, nominations by affiliates of HIAS' member institutions, as well as via personal address by members of the Institute’s Executive Committee.

HIAS seeks to compose a cohort of fellows that, in respect to its members’ academic or artistic disciplines, countries of origin and career stages, is as diverse and stimulating as possible. HIAS attaches particular importance to the promotion of promising emergent early career researchers.

Integration Into the Hamburg Research Infrastructure

Utmost Freedom and Flexibility

Housing

Services for Families

Library Network

Working Facilities

Financial Arrangements

Established scholars, promising emergent early career researchers as well as musicians and visual artists are eligible for application. The most important prerequisites for a fellowship at HIAS are intellectual curiosity, an interest in other disciplines as well as openness to engage with topics and ways of inquiry beyond the confines of one’s own discipline. Ideal candidates are researchers and artists who reflect the basic assumptions of their discipline and who work theoretically or conceptually.

HIAS emphatically welcomes applications by early career researchers and emerging artists.
During their fellowship, fellows live and work in Hamburg. Research or projects requiring absence (e.g. in laboratories, archives or other facilities outside of Hamburg) are thus not suited for a HIAS fellowship.
Researchers from within the metropolitan region of Hamburg are not eligible for a HIAS fellowship.

Application

Admission Criteria

Applicants should be internationally visible in their respective fields, give evidence of creativity and originality as well as willingness to participate in a community of scholars, scientists and artists and, in the form of lectures and other types of events, to engage with the broader public in the city of Hamburg.

Boards

Board of Members

Prof. Dr. Andreas Timm-Giel Chairman
Acting President of Hamburg University of Technology

Prof. Martin Köttering
President of Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E.h. Edwin J. Kreuzer
President of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Lenzen
President of Universität Hamburg

Dr. Anna Neubauer Secretary-General
Chancellor of Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Executive Committee

Spokesperson of the Executive Committee
Professor Dr. Frank Fehrenbach

Frank Fehrenbach is a professor in the Department of Art History at Universität Hamburg, a position that arose from his appointment to an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in 2013. From 2005 to 2013, he was professor at Harvard University. Since 2018 he has served as co-speaker for the Centre for Advanced Studies “Imaginaria of Force” at Universität Hamburg.
Frank Fehrenbach received his PhD from the University of Tübingen in 1995 and his habilitation from the University of Basel in 2003.

Professor Dr. Lorraine Daston

Lorraine Daston has been a member of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science since 1995 and served as its director until 2019. She is a regular visiting professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and honorary professor of the history of science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Lorraine Daston received her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University in 1979 and has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis and Göttingen University, among others.

Professor Dr. Jörg Hacker

Jörg Hacker served as president of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina from 2010 to 2020 and was president of the Robert Koch Institute from 2008 to 2010. From 2003 to 2009 he served as vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
After receiving his PhD in biology from the University of Halle in 1979 and his habilitation from the University of Würzburg, Jörg Hacker was appointed professor of microbiology at Würzburg in 1988.

Professor Dr. Margret Wintermantel

Margret Wintermantel served as president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2012 to 2019 and as president of the German Rectors’ Conference from 2006 to 2012. She was president of Saarland University from 2002 to 2006.
After studying psychology and journalism at Mainz University, Margret Wintermantel received her PhD in 1972 and her habilitation in psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 1986. In 1992, she was appointed professor of social psychology at Saarland University.

Administrative Office

Dr. Anna Neubauer
Secretary-General
anna.neubauer@hias-hamburg.de

Sonja Gräber-Magocsi, PhD
Fellow Support
Academic Coordination
sonja.graeber-magocsi@hias-hamburg.de
Tel.: +49 40 428 38 - 4475

Dr. Astrid Bothmann-Lucko
Fellow Support
Academic Coordination
astrid.bothmann-lucko@hias-hamburg.de
Tel.: +49 40 428 38 - 2193

Tanja Kruse Brandão
Press and Public Relations
Financial Coordination
tanja.kruse.brandao@hias-hamburg.de
Tel.: +49 40 428 38 - 6795

Charter

Our Funders

HIAS is financed by funds from the Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Universität Hamburg, the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, the Joachim Herz Foundation and the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

The Ministry is funding the HIAS Administrative Office. The funds of the University, the Academy, and the foundations are used to finance the fellowships.

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities supports the stay of early career researchers from all disciplines at HIAS.

The Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts finances the HIAS Administrative Office and thus realizes the administrative framework for the fellowship program.

With the support of the Joachim Herz Foundation, HIAS Fellowships for scientists and economists are realized.

The Körber Foundation organizes the annual conference series "Hamburger Horizonte - Wissenschaft trifft Gesellschaft" in cooperation with HIAS. Our common goal is to bring top-level research to life.

Through its funding by the Federal Government and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg within the framework of the Excellence Strategy, Universität Hamburg guarantees the stay of scientists and scholars from all disciplines and career levels as well as artists.

The ZEIT-Stiftung funds stays at HIAS for researchers from the social sciences and the humanities.

Reaching Out to the City’s Public

In order to encourage a continuous exchange of the fellows amongst each other as well as with the local scientific community, HIAS will conduct lectures and symposia on research questions and findings gained by the HIAS fellows. The scientifically interested public is invited to participate through events and publications.

Events

29.10.2020 Opening

19./20.11.2020 Hamburger Horizonte

04.02.2021 Lecture by Thomas Hirschhorn

05.03.2021 Conference on self-optimization

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