Institute of Philosophy and Art History

The institute consists of two departments: philosophy and art history.

Since the winter semester 2016/17, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has established a DFG Research Training Group, "Cultures of Critique. Forms, Media, Effects", in which the IPK is significantly involved (speaker: Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen).

The Institute is also represented at the Leuphana Institute of Advanced Studies for Culture and Society (co-director: Prof. Dr. Susanne Leeb) and is significantly involved in the Center for Critical Studies (speaker: Dr. Ben Trott).

With the Lichtenberg Professorship (Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Leuphana University has the first permanent full professorship dedicated entirely to questions of provenance research, looted art, and restitution.

The Kunstraum, which is connected to the Institute of Philosophy and Art History, offers a close practical connection to contemporary art and its actors.


Professorship for Philosophy, especially continental philosophy
Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro

Professorship for Practical Philosophy

Professorship for Art History
Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen

Professorship for Provenance Studies
Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother

Professorship for Contemporary Art
Prof. Dr. Susanne Leeb

Junior Professorship for Cultural Theory

Junior Professorship for Transcultural Art History


IPK members primarily teach in the “Cultural Studies” BA (Art and Visual Culture focus and Philosophy Minor), Studium Individuale, the “Philosophy” BA-minor and in the MA programs “Critical Studies: Arts, Theory, History”, “Theory and History of Modernity”, and “Cultural Studies: Culture and Organisation” as well as in the PhD program.

Cultural Studies BA
Cultural Studies BA: Art and Visual Culture focus
Philosophy BA-Minor
MA Critical Studies: Arts, Theory, History
MA Theory and History of Modernity
MA Cultural Studies: Culture and Organization
“Cultures of Critique” DFG Research Training Group


Completed projects

Elements of a Critical Theory of Media and Participation (Project within DFG Research Units ”Media and Participation. Between demand and entitlement”)
Participatory Critique as Transforming and Transversal "With" (Project within DFG Research Unit ”Media and Participation. Between demand and entitlement”)
PriMus – PhD in Museums (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH)
Leuphana Arts Program (MWK Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture)