The Centers for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (GWZ)
The Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e.V. (GWZ) grew out of recommendations made by the German Council of Science and Humanities in both June 1991 and November 1994. As a result, in 1995 the Berlin State Senator for Science established the GWZ as an umbrella organization that includes three research centers:
- Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft(ZAS)
- Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL)
- Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)
After four years of preparations as a pilot program funded by the Max Planck Society’s Development Fund for New Academic Projects, the three centers officially commenced operations on January 1, 1996. Continued funding was made possible by the German Council of Science and Humanities through its commendation of the Centers’ work in 2006. This support also helped the Centers obtain funding from the State of Berlin (starting in 2008), from the BMBF [Federal Ministry of Education and Research], which funds three research projects as part of the Centers’ expansion program, and from a number of individual grants from both national and international institutions.
Board of Directors
Professor Dr. Ulrike Freitag, director of the ZMO
Professor Dr. Eva Geulen, director of the ZfL
Professor Dr. Manfred Krifka, director of the ZAS
Wolfgang Kreher, General Manager
The board of directors and the three centers share an administrative staff that provides a wide range of support for the researchers.