Eleven German research institutions form the Research Institute Social Cohesion to investigate current social challenges from different perspectives. The HBI examines the role of the media concerning social cohesion.
The Research Institute Social Cohesion (Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt – FGZ)
will focus on questions of social cohesion from different perspectives within the next four years. Based on academic excellence, complementing research profiles, and regional diversity, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), selected eleven universities and research institutes from ten Federal States to collaboratively design, build and run the FGZ. Besides the HBI in Hamburg, the network includes the Technical University of Berlin, the universities of Bielefeld, Bremen, Frankfurt, Halle-Wittenberg, Hanover, Constance and Leipzig, as well as the Soziologische Forschungsinstitut Göttingen and the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society Jena.
Starting in 2018, these partners developed a comprehensive research and transfer agenda with more than 70 individual projects and various cross-institutional working groups. This agenda has been evaluated positively and the first main working phase, spanning four years, started 1 June 2020. All in all, more than 100 scientists from many different disciplines will work together to conduct empirical studies, advance theoretical concepts, and engage in various forms of dialogue and knowledge transfer with society, They will cover aspects such as identities and regional life-worlds, inequality and solidarity, media and conflict culture, polarization and populism, but also anti-Semitism and hate crime, and explore these in a European comparison and beyond.
The Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) will contribute its expertise and transfer network in five projects which all focus on different aspects of the connection between media, communication, and social cohesion: