Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art

In both research and teaching, the Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art (IPK) explores the long traditions of philosophical and art theoretical thinking and their uses for the interrogation of contemporary questions. The discrete profiles of Philosophy and of Sciences of Art as practiced in Lüneburg shape the Institute’s distinctive approach, as does a research interest in broader questions of a Cultural Studies that is rooted in both the social sciences and the humanities.
IPK is made up of two departments: Philosophy and Sciences of Art. In addition, the affiliated „Kunstraum” serves as a practically-oriented space, closely linked to contemporary art and its actors.
The DFG Research Training Group „Cultures of Critique: Forms, Media, Effects” has been located within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2016. IPK member, Professor Beate Söntgen, serves as the Training Group’s spokesperson.


IPK members primarily teach in the “Cultural Studies” BA, 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