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The research focus
"Democratic Vistas.
Reflections on the Atlantic World"


The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main launched its new research focus "Democratic Vistas. Reflections on the Atlantic World" in 2021. It explores the Atlantic World’s potentials and limitations in addressing the future of democracy. It takes as a guide the American poet Walt Whitman, who, in his 1871 essay Democratic Vistas, recognized democracy’s promises as well as its contingency.


"Democratic Vistas" brings together an interdisciplinary group of Goethe University scholars and international and regional affiliates from the fields of history, international relations, law, literature, media studies, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, social psychology, and sociology.


For more information about »Democratic Vistas« and its members, please visit our Website:

Upcoming event

Wednesday, 7 July 2021 | Panel discussion

5 p.m. (CET) | Zoom meeting

Stéphane Dion (Canadian Ambassador to Germany), Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton University), Gunther Hellmann (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)
"Multilateralism, Atlantic Democracies and Global Order"


For more Information and registration instructions, please visit:


Johannes Voelz

Professor of American Studies, Goethe University

Gunther Hellmann

Professor of Political Science, Goethe University

The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften

The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften is the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.


The aim and claim of the Institute is to reflect current developments in society and to foster the emergence of new research questions. To this purpose, it initiates forums of critical reflection and discussion and invites, in cooperation with research centers of Goethe University, up to 15 outstanding scholars per year to work in an intellectually inspiring, international and truly interdisciplinary environment. Additionally, the institute offers space for small working groups as well as for international conferences.

For more information, please visit:

Photo Democratic Vistas - Crédits Stefan

Ph. Democratic Vistas - ©Stefanie Wetzel


Matthias Lutz-Bachmann

Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften

Iris Helene Koban

Managing director of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften

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