Since 1994, the Leibniz Professorship has been awarded each semester to renowned international researchers and is one of the highest honors our university bestows.

We are currently not accepting nomination proposals for further appointments to the Leibniz Professorship.

Welcome Malachi Hacohen!

Malachi H. Hacohen is Professor of History and Religious Studies at Trinity College of Arts & Science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, director of the Department of Religion and Public Cultures at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Head of the Center for European Studies.

Research on the European intellectual history with reference to the present

His award-winning research in the field of intellectual history focuses on the European intellectual world with a focus on the history of Jewish intellectuality.In doing so, Hacohen always positions his questions in a global political context and captures profound processes of change and dynamics of intellectual development in Europe. His most recent publication "Jacob & Esau. Jewish European History between Nation and Empire" is an example of this approach.

He already gained international recognition as a researcher with his first book, which deals with the philosopher Karl Popper, "Red Vienna" and liberalism. The special nature of Hacohen's approach is also evident in this work. In its historical investigation he always also addresses questions and issues of our present.

Interdisciplinary graduate seminar planned

During his stay as Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University, an interdisciplinary graduate seminar on Central European intellectual history is planned for advanced Master's students, doctoral researchers as well as early postdocs from the Dubnow Institute and various Leipzig humanities faculties and research institutions. Here, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own projects with Hacohen and to reflect together on methods and basic literature.

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Professor Luca Illetterati (summer semester 2024)

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Information about Leibniz Professorship Appointments

The Leibniz Professorship is for a W3 visiting professor who conducts interdisciplinary research and teaches classes for students and doctoral researchers. The aim is to stimulate partnerships, creating a foundation for academic innovation. We also hope to gain new ideas and input for the training of early career researchers. We would like to attract internationally renowned academics and researchers, primarily from countries outside Germany.

Preference will be given to researchers who contribute to research areas, research approaches and/or academic discourses that are not represented in Leipzig. The candidate must be proficient in one of the most widely used academic languages (English, German or French). We especially welcome nominations for outstanding researchers who are female and/or from outside Europe and the US as these minorities have to date been underrepresented in the Leibniz Professorship Programme.

The Leibniz Professor is offered a temporary employment contract (W3) that covers the semester for which a leave of absence from the primary place of employment is taken. The Leibniz Professor will be provided with an office.

The teaching hours are limited to four semester hours per week. We expect the Leibniz Professor to participate in the training of doctoral researchers at the host institution or the Graduate Academy Leipzig by giving lectures, workshops, and/or colloquia, leading field trips, and/or teaching at the summer or winter school. At the beginning of the semester, the Leibniz Professor holds an inaugural lecture that is open to all university members. We also offer a Science Café, where the Leibniz Professor discusses a topic with selected guests in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. University members are invited to attend.

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