A cura di MIUR - Direzione Generale per il coordinamento la promozione e la valorizzazione della ricerca

Humanities research in a globalized world: an essential contribution


The Italian Institute of German Studies (IIGS), founded in 1931, is the only research institution in Italy with the goal of promoting the scientific development of knowledge within the field of the humanities related to German and Scandinavian language-speaking countries.  The IIGS research includes the areas of  German studies, the applied sciences and the historical, economic and judicial sciences. It is aimed at the valorization of the cultural dimension as a dialogic encounter between diverse traditions of thought. One of the institution’s missions is the promotion of studies from an intercultural perspective. The base of every activity and initiative is the conviction that the humanities contribute to the growth of the scientific community and have undeniable and positive effects on the social and economic level as well.


The IIGS research is focused on the reconstruction, analysis and interpretation of historical-cultural and literary tradition, as well as the critical comprehension of processes and cultural dynamics understood as a reflection of the historical and political changes in Europe, with a focus on German and Scandinavian language-speaking countries. Research methodologies, that favor pluralistic investigation, have therefore been adopted with the participation of researchers both from national and international universities and research centers. The institute develops scientific projects by participating in national and European open competitions, whose objective is also education and cooperation, with the goal of creating a network that also includes countries outside of Europe.

The IISG seatThe IISG seat

The IIGS activities are concerned in particular with:

  • The preparation of projects aimed at confronting themes and perspectives from western tradition in the philological-literary, historical-philosophical, political and economic fields. 
  • The promotion of research actions aimed at the critical exploration of the dialectical relationship between cultural processes and the historical, political and economic context in which they developed.
  • The design and development of educational courses in association with universities (e.g. doctoral schools, second level master degree in literary translation, etc.).
  • The preparation of German linguistics and foreign language teaching projects, also in an applied manner, aimed at the construction of modules for foreign language instruction in third party countries as well (by means of participation in the European programs Tempus and Erasmus Mundus). 
  • The development of research lines on the interaction between science, epistemology and literature.
  • The study of humanities in the third millennium, as a laboratory of ideas and critical orientation in a globalized society.
  • The improvement and conservation, with the most advanced methodologies and technologies available, of the IIGS bibliographic and documentary heritage, one that includes invaluable editions from the 16th century onward.

The library and the archive at IIGSThe library and the archive at IIGS

Publication date 02/11/2013