Research Institute Social Cohesion will start in June

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has decided to initially fund the new Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC) for four years.

The Research Institute Social Cohesion is a network of eleven university and research institutes located in ten different German federal states, thus taking into account the regional diversity of the cohesion of society in Germany. More than 100 researchers from different disciplines will jointly develop practically relevant proposals to contribute by means of empirical studies and large-scale comparisons to meeting social challenges of today’s world. They cover aspects such as identities and regional experiences, disparities and solidarity, media and conflict culture, polarisation and populism as well as anti-Semitism and hate crime, and explore these in a European comparison and beyond.
In the one-and-a-half-year preliminary phase of RISC, a foundation concept for the institute has been developed which now comprises an extensive research and transfer programme with more than 70 sub-projects and cross-institute research areas to be realised from 1st June 2020 on.

In addition to the Goethe University Frankfurt, the Technical University of Berlin and the universities of Bielefeld, Bremen, Halle-Wittenberg, Hanover, Constance and Leipzig, the network also includes the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen, the Leibniz Institute for Media Research Hamburg, and the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society Jena.

The multidisciplinary Frankfurt RISC team which is located at the Research Centre “Normative Orders“ of Goethe University and chaired by Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff (vice-chairs: Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow and Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst) seeks to examine how the pluralisation of modern societies influences issues of cohesion and how to shape conflicts in such a way that they stabilise cohesion instead of undermining it. Likewise, the Frankfurt RISC team will reflect on the ambivalences of the concept of “cohesion“.

Relating to the current situation for the cohesion of society in view of the Covid-19 crisis, Nicole Deitelhoff, Professor for International Relations and Theories of Global Order, executive director of the Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt as well as co-director together with Prof. Rainer Forst of the Research Centre “Normative Orders“, says:
“The Corona pandemic and the measures for combatting it have created challenges which interlink cultural, social, political, economic and legal questions requiring a broad cross-disciplinary analysis and commentation – which is also of special concern for the issues of social cohesion. Even in times of crisis there are alternative ways and decision-making options although the public crisis discourse may often convey the opposite. We need an open dispute and a scientific community who assumes the responsibility to provide optimum support to political decision-making in times of crisis. Here, our network with its diverse multidisciplinary perspective will provide an important contribution to research and transfer of knowledge.

Deitelhoff, who is one of the three co-speakers of the RISC research network continued: “We are very much looking forward to starting work at the Frankfurt sub-institute of the Research Institute Social Cohesion in June this year together with our colleagues at the ten regional locations, and to coordinating the decentralised research network with the central administration office at Goethe University and the administration offices at the Bremen and Leipzig locations.“


Pia Siemer
Research Institute Social Cohesion
Public Relations, Tel: +493419737882

Rebecca Caroline Schmidt
Research Institute Social Cohesion
Central administration office and sub-institute Frankfurt/Main at Goethe University
Administrative coordination
Research Centre “Normative Orders“ of Goethe University
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