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.

How to reach us

The IZEA is located in the so-called Red School, on the grounds of the Francke Foundations (Franckeplatz 1, Haus 54).

By train
From the station, the Francke Foundations can be reached by foot in about 15 minutes. Follow the signs “Innenstadt” in the pedestrian zone. At the light on Leipziger Turm, turn right onto Waisenhausring. Directly to your left, you can already see the “Langer Haus” of the Francke Foundations. Continue onto Waisenhausring until Franckeplatz. The main entrance to the Foundations will be to your left.

With local public transportation

From the main station: You can take the tramway lines 4 (direction Kröllwitz), 9 (direction Göttinger Bögen), and 7 (direction Kröllwig) directly to Franckeplatz. The historical orphanage of the Francke Foundations is located directly on the other side of the road.
From the city: Take a tramway to the “Marktplatz”. From there, take lines 1, 3, 7, 16, or 18 to Franckeplatz, one station to the south. The historical orphanage of the Francke Foundations is located a bit farther down the road.

By Car
From Highway A9, take the exit “Halle”, from Highway A14, exit “Peißen” on the B100, direction “Halle-Zentrum”.
Follow the signs “alle Richtungen” on the B6 (Volkmannstraße) and then direction “Zentrum”. Leave the B6 on the big roundabout on Riebeckplatz, direction “Zentrum/Eisleben” and follow the signs “Franckesche Stiftungen”.

From the B80 direction Eisleben follow the signs to Halle. After crossing the river Saale, choose the first exit to the right on Glauchaer Platz. Then follow the signs to “Franckesche Stiftungen”.

As the grounds of the Francke Foundations (August Hermann Franck’s historical schooling compound) is not open to traffic, please use public parking spaces.

Public Parking Areas

Map of Franckeschen Stiftungen

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