Founded in 1984, we are an independent and privately funded research institution in which social scientists from different disciplines work on politically and historically relevant topics. From the very beginning the research focus of the institute was on phenomena of macro-violence, the theoretically ambitious publications by members of the institute were well received and widely acknowledged. Although the topic of violence will remain on the research agenda of the HIS, new themes will also take center stage such as the problems of democracy and statehood or the structural features of contemporary capitalism - all to be dealt with in a comparative perspective whenever that is possible.

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„Die Fokussierung auf individuelle Lebensstile lenkt davon ab, dass sich #Nachhaltigkeit nur als kollektives Gut nachhaltiger Infrastrukturen realisieren lässt.“ ▶️ Ihr findet den Beitrag von Sighard Neckel aus agora42 3/2021 jetzt im Blog. https://t.co/L8eUON7vOD
Gestern habe ich an der Leuphana erfolgreich meine Dissertation verteidigt. Danach ging es für mich als Wahlgöttinger zum Liesel. Vielen Dank an alle, besonders an das @his_hamburg, die mich in den letzten Jahren mit Rat und Tat, mit Rückfragen und Kritik unterstützt haben! https://t.co/Z4ylKuDztZ
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Sondersammlung Protest, Widerstand und Utopie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Special collections and holdings on protest movements

(Photograph: June 1993)

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The Research Groups at HIS

Democracy and Statehood

The research group is engaged in developing new perspectives on the relationship between democracy and statehood in Europe. We are utilizing approaches grounded in historical, sociological, and political theory to conduct comparative studies of regions in Europe, particularly its southern periphery, and to reconsider old questions.


The work of the research group focuses on phenomena of violence that have immediate repercussions on the structure of entire political and social systems—this is what is meant by the concept of macro-violence. The group investigates empirical and theoretical issues and considers different regions of the world, sometimes comparatively.

Monetary Sovereignty

The group examines constitutions and transformations of privileged capacities to pay. How do degrees of monetary autonomy and dependency emerge and change – and what are the social consequences?

Sociology of Law

The research group will provide a space in which practices and ideas of law can be critically analysed in order to shed light on complex social phenomena.

Journal Mittelweg 36

Inhouse Journal (in German)


Heft 2 April/Mai 2022

Wissenschaft und Forschung wären ohne Veröffentlichungen in Zeitschriften, Monografien, Sammelbänden oder Handbüchern undenkbar. Doch wie wirken sich die Bedingungen der Produktion und Zirkulation von Texten auf die Arbeitsweise und das Selbstverständnis der Wissenschaften aus? Wie frei und unabhängig ist ein System, das nicht nur von Erkenntnis-, sondern auch von Verwertungsinteressen bestimmt ist? Kurz: Wie funktionieren Publikationsregime? Um diese Fragen geht es im Jubiläumsheft des Mittelweg 36, dessen erste Ausgabe vor 30 Jahren im April 1992 erschien.

Publishing House Hamburger Edition

Spring 2020

Dorit Geva

Militär und Familie

Isaac Ariail Reed

Interpretation und Sozialtheorie

Laura Wolters

Vom Antun und Erleiden

Robert Kindler


Kiran Klaus Patel / Ingo Schulze

Doppelt verbunden, halb vereint

Klaus Holz / Thomas Haury

Antisemitismus gegen Israel

Howard S. Becker

Soziologische Tricks

Frédéric Ciriez / Romain Lamy

Frantz Fanon

Silke van Dyk / Tine Haubner


Internet platform Soziopolis


Soziopolis is an internet platform which meets different intellectual needs, first of all, the wish for daily news about sociology and its related disciplines. By providing a variety of information including notes on events, calls for papers or submissions, conference reports, job offers and new appointments, but also book reviews and press roundups as well as contributions on relevant anniversaries or historic dates and informative portraits of influential social scientists.

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