The Leibniz Institute of European History was founded in 1950 as an independent academic institution to promote research on the historical foundations of Europe. Since 2012 the IEG has been part of the Leibniz Association. It consists of a department of Western Religious History and Department of Universal History each headed by a director. Among its academic staff of more than three dozen scholars are historians and theologians. The IEG runs a renowned fellowship program for PhDs and Postdocs as well as for Senior Researchers who come to Mainz from Europe and the rest of the world. Its premises are at the 17th century Domus universitatis, the old university building in the city center, where the IEG library welcomes scholars to its large collections.
Research Profile: The IEG investigates the history of modern Europe in its religious, cultural, political and social dimensions. The projects at the Institute range from the period of religious and confessional pluralization in early modern times to the socio-political transformations caused by processes of internationalization and globalization in contemporary history. The central theme of the present research agenda at the IEG is »Negotiating Difference in Modern Europe«. In three research groups scholars analyze the various forms of establishing, overcoming and enabling differences, i.e. the regulation and limitation – but also the production and maintenance – of otherness and inequality within Europe and in its relations with the wider world. The cross-sectional project »EGO | European History Online« (www.ieg-ego.eu) covers five hundred years of European history across national, disciplinary and methodological boundaries. In cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the IEG runs a Research and Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) funded by the German Research Foundation.