About this research theme

Global Interaction of Civilizations and Languages

The 21st century calls for a truly global approach in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. This profile theme addresses debates on globalisation and its history, on linguistic and cultural diversity and convergence, and on heritage and innovation. By comparing in time and space, we aim to pinpoint the conditions under which present-day global mobility will spur the development of innovative and inclusive societies or conversely lead to conflict, inequality, language loss or ecological disaster. Our view is that the discourse should shift from ‘clashes of civilizations’ to the notion of constant global interaction.