Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Siegel

Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies

The IZEA was founded in 1990 as a central scientific institution of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. As a research institution for the history of culture and ideas, it explores the foundation of modern Western societies through the study of ideas and cultural patterns developed in the 18th century.

18th century studies

The research program includes research and publishing projects dedicated to a wide variety of themes, such as the history of universities, societies and communication; anthropology, aesthetics, culture and knowledge transfer, scholarly culture and literary forms of representation in the 18th century; the development of cultural patterns; the Enlightenment in global networks; and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Connected with the region's research institutions

The IZEA is located in the Red School, built in 1896, which was formerly the Higher School for Girls of the Francke Foundations. The IZEA houses a public library containing primary sources and research literature related to the Enlightenment in regional and European contexts. The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer and the Immanuel-Kant-Forum also have their offices in the building.

Enlightenment studies in international networks

Thanks to its outstanding library, its publishing projects, its geographic proximity to important historic sites related to the Enlightenment (including extensive archives, libraries and art collections), and its partnerships with major cultural and scientific institutions,  the IZEA is now one of the most important international research institutes dedicated to the study of the Enlightenment, and is an essential meeting point for scientists from around the world.

Online Catalogue and Borrower Information

Reader Registration

Students of the MLU can use their Student ID as library card. Staff members can also use their Staff ID. Fellows and guests of the IZEA receive a guest card. Other persons interested in using the library can register with a personal ID and a filled-in registration form at the Lending Desk, August-Bebel-Str. 50 and receive a library card. Users must accept the rules for the use of the library when they register.

Online Catalogue

The online catalogue of the ULB (OPAC) includes the monographs of the central and special library from 1991 on. The abbreviation “HA 179” stands for the special library for the European Enlightenment (IZEA). Its inventory is entirely available online.

The IZEA library is not connected to the electronic lending system, lending is done at the library’s desk.
For more information, see the webpage of the ULB

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