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Institute for World Society Studies
Bielefeld University
Faculty of Sociology
P.O. Box 100131 
33501 Bielefeld


Institute Manager
Catharina Wessing
Tel: 0049 (0)521 106 3360

Photo: Benjamin Davy

Lecture series: 'Signaturen der ­ Weltgesellschaft'

Tuesday, 19.10.2021, 6.15 p. m. via Zoom:

Roundtable "Questions, Problems, Challenges"

with Holly Case (author of "The Age of Questions"), Holger Straßheim (Bielefeld), and Tobias Werron (Bielefeld); Chair: Carsten Reinhardt (Bielefeld)


Tuesday, 07.12.2021, 6.15 p. m. via Zoom:

Willibald Steinmetz (Bielefeld)

"What is new? The Corona-Pandemic compared to earlier (20th- and 21st-century) pandemics"


***Cancelled*** Tuesday, 25.01.2022, 6.15 p. m. in X-C3-107 (present):

Benedikt Stuchtey (Marburg)

"Writing the history of the British Empire"


The Zoom-Lectures will be transmitted here: Meeting-ID: 939 8315 0582; Password: 710036





Call for Applications as student assistant at the IW

To the next possible date the Institute for World Society Studiesis is in search for a student assistant BA/FH (WHF) 9 hours per week for 12 months. Application deadline is 15.11.2021.

For more information please check here.

Institute founder Rudolf Stichweh visits as Luhmann-Guestprofessor
Rudolf Stichweh, founder of the Institute for World Society Studies, will visit Bielefeld University as the Niklas Luhmann-Guestprofessor of winter term 2021/22. He will stay for two months, giving lectures for PhD candidates. Also, he will give a talk with the promising title "Weltgesellschaft und funktionale Differenzierung" on 10. November 2021 at 6:15 p. m.
For further information, please click here.

Call for Abstracts "Historische Soziologie" bis 30.09.2021

Die Gründungstagung des Arbeitskreises "Historische Soziologie" in der DGS-Sektion Kultursoziologie wird vom 07. bis 09. März 2022 stattfinden. Ein PDF des Call for Abstracts findet sich hier. Außerdem findet sich ein Link zum Call auf der Sektionsseite der Kultursoziologie bei der DGS hier. Die Tagung wird gemeinsam organisiert von Lars Gertenbach, Simon Hecke, Matthias Leanza, Daniela Russ und Julia Schubert.

Research Training Group World Politics (RTG 2225)

We are pleased to announce that the second cohort of the DFG funded Reasearch Training Group "World Politics" has started on 01 October 2020. More information about the new PhD-candidates and their projects can now be found here.

Selected recent publications

Working report 2015 - 2017

The recent Working Report, collecting the Institute's activities from the years 2015 - 2017, is available as PDF for download here, and printed copies can be ordered from the Institute's Manager.

The next report will be published in fall 2021.

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