GKR – The university in miniature

Porträt von Prof. Dr. Rose Marie Beck, Dekanesprecherin


GKR - The university in miniature with a view to the global whole. The Faculty of history, arts and area studies is one of the most diverse faculties at the University of Leipzig.

Who we are


The diversity of the subjects is our faculty's motto.








study courses


museums and collections



Grußwort Dekanin

Welcome to our faculty!

We live in moving times, in an interesting world.

To see this world and its movements, to decipher, to name and to finally shape, that‘s the task of the University. The special diversity of our faculty enables us to explore our being in regional breadth, historical depth and according to all forms of cultural expression. We make this knowledge available.

Living diversity, which manifests itself in the appreciation of the disciplines and persons assembled at the faculty, is indispensable for our standards. Over the past two and a half years, I have been able to experience that it is fun to develop a common language and a common goal: to advance the faculty in research, teaching and transfer in a targeted manner and thus contribute to raising the profile of the University of Leipzig.

We set an example when we submitted an application to the Rectorate of the University of Leipzig on 7 July 2020 to rename the faculty. It will soon be called "Faculty of History, Art and Regional Sciences". In doing so, we are documenting a critical distance to the history of the subjects of our faculty (Ethnology, Religious Studies, Japanese Studies, Sinology, Indology, Central Asian Studies, African Studies, Arabic and Oriental Studies, Egyptology, Ancient Oriental Studies), which emerged during the colonial era and are historically closely linked to colonialism. Thus, we indicate that, in the context of the University of Leipzig, the above-mentioned subjects have developed dynamically into regional studies that contribute to research on globalisation by providing access to regionally specific stocks of knowledge. Finally, the decision supported by the entire faculty points to the consensus that the orientation of the humanities and social sciences at the University of Leipzig towards globalisation and its effects on the faculty.

Prof. Dr. Rose Marie Beck

Dean of the faculty of history, arts and area studies


  • Variety of subjects
  • Pillar structure
  • Unity of teaching and research
  • Part of teacher training
  • Transfer as a key competence


The Faculty of History, Arts and Area Studies (GKR) is probably the most diverse faculty at the University of Leipzig. It includes a total of 13 institutes and 3 museums (Egyptian Museum-Georg Steindorff, Museum of Antiquities and Museum of Musical Instruments), some of which have a long tradition within the University of Leipzig. With its broad orientation, the GKR lives the diversity that is traditional for Leipzig University.


The GKR can be divided into three "pillars": the Department of History, the Art Column (art history, art education, musicology and theatre studies) and the Regional Sciences (Egyptology, Institute of Ancient Oriental Studies, Institute of African Studies, Institute of Ethnology, Institute of Indology and Central Asian Studies, Oriental Institute, East Asian Institute and the Institute of Religious Studies). Since 1995, there have also been two associated institutes: the Geisteswissenschaftlich Zentrum für Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas e.V. and the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture.


In research and teaching we question, review and update established focal points and develop innovative topics, approaches and methods in the context of globalisation and digitisation. The specific combination of the disciplines assembled at the GKR, the wide-ranging historical basic research and the development of heterogeneous knowledge stocks, also and especially in non-European languages, contribute substantially to a critical knowledge of globalynamics in the present and the past. On the basis of systematically reflected questions and synoptic, historically based overall concepts, it develops methodological and theoretical perspectives of future significance. In this way, digitality and its implications for the transformation of textual, symbolic, cultural and artistic practices, knowledge systems, social formations and historical structures are also taken into account.

With its historical and artistic education the faculty is also involved in teaching.


Ein besonderes Potential der GKR sind die intensiven Aktivitäten im Transfer, vor allem bei der Wissensvermittlung, künstlerischen Bildung, Expertise, bei Ausgründungen und Start-Ups, etc. Zu diesem Transfer in die Zivilgesellschaft tragen auch die der Fakultät zugeordneten Einrichtungen von überregionaler Bedeutung und Wirkung bei: das Musikinstrumentenmuseum, das Ägyptische Museum, das Antikenmuseum, das Tanzarchiv und weitere kleinere Sammlungen, sowie das CCT (Centre of Competence for Theatre).


The faculty has 13 institutes, 40 professors (incl. JunProfs), 53.75 academic staff (20 of whom are on fixed-term contracts) and 29.5 non-scientific staff. 13.25 jobs have been cut since 2014.

More than 3,000 students study at the faculty in 44 study courses.

The Faculty is responsible for the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, the Dance Archive and other smaller collections, as well as the CCT (Centre for Competence of Theatre). The faculty is also institutionally linked to the Leibniz Institutes GWZO, Simon Dubnow Institute, the MPI for Ethnology in Halle (from 2020),

the HMT (Musicology) and the Confucius Institute (Sinology) through joint appointments or cooperation agreements.

The faculty's third-party funding (DFG/BMBF, SAW, foundations, industry) is high at around €14 million. As a result, the number of employees* has almost doubled (48.25).

The faculty is very well networked and visible at the university, in the city and state, nationally and internationally. It participates in the important alliances. Almost all professorships are involved in the research profiles "Global Connections and Comparisons" and "Humanities in a Digital Age" at the University of Leipzig: with the SFB 1199 Spatialisation Processes under Conditions of Globalisation, the Multiple Secularities Research Group, prestigious long-term projects (SAW), Digital Humanities with international impact (eAQUA, online corpora from Ancient Oriental Studies and Egyptology, TASTEN am MIMUL).

In addition, the Faculty's involvement in the Unibund Leipzig-Halle-Jena, the Forum for the Study of the Global Condition and the last Excellence Initiative should also be mentioned.  The Faculty conducts intensive research in both individual and collaborative projects; new projects and project proposals are constantly emerging.

The promotion of young researchers takes place in various contexts and forms. Currently, there is an Emmy Noether junior research group (theatre studies), a Heisenberg professorship (theatre studies), a Heisenberg professorship (religious studies). The RAL Graduate Schools (GSGAS) are being expanded and extended to include postdocs and their needs.

Accredited quality management is perceived at all institutes as a development task in order to improve teaching with regard to the attractiveness of the study programmes.  All study programmes are integrated in the faculty's own and thus in the university-accredited quality management and are continuously adapted to new didactic, content and personnel conditions. Overall, the student numbers correspond to the 2018-2019 target agreements, although there are marked differences in the loads between and, in some cases, within the institutes. The burden is particularly high in teacher training and contemporary study programmes. Teaching in the faculty is well integrated, flexible and socially committed.

It follows from the AG Transfer that the GKR has a high transfer performance on the one hand, but that its transfer potential should be better bundled or made visible. Further information can be found in the GKR's transfer strategy.

With regard to equality and internationalisation, the faculty exceeds the required goals with a gender ratio of 34:66 for professors, 50:50 for mid-level staff and 60:40 for students.

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