Institute of History and Literary Cultures

The Institute of History and Literary Cultures is dedicated to culturally oriented research and instruction in history and literary criticism. The Institute focuses its research particularly on the cultural history and literary phenomena of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Institute is divided into the Departments of History and Literary Cultures.

Research Activities


Cultural history of knowledge
Prof. Dr. Christina Wessely

Literary Cultures

Modern German Literary Studies and Literary Cultures
Prof. Dr. Sven Kramer


More information on current and completed projects can be found in the research database and on the people pages.


The members of the Institute offer courses in the cultural and some educational science-oriented study programmes at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

The Institute is particularly responsible for the following study programmes in the Bachelor and Master:

Cultural Studies

Critical Studies – Arts, Theory, History