Hamburg Institute for Social Research

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Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
Hamburg Institute for Social Research
TypeSocial Research
Wolfgang Knöbl

The Hamburg Institute for Social Research is an independent private foundation whose scholarship is focused on both contemporary history and the social sciences.[1] Founded in 1984 by Prof. Dr. Jan Philipp Reemtsma,[2] it currently employs about 50 people with roughly 50% working in the research fields of sociology and history. The institute publishes a bimonthly journal called Mittelweg 36 and has its own publishing house.[3]

Mittelweg 36[edit]

The institutes journal was first published in 1992 and allows readers to follow ongoing research projects at the institute. In its first decade the journal has garnered interest not only in the academic community but also has a number of non academic readers.[4]


In 1995 the institute began an exhibition titled Wehrmachtsausstellung which toured Germany until 1999.[5] The tour detailed the War crimes of the Wehrmacht and helped break the Myth of the clean Wehrmacht in Germany. It was designed by Hannes Heer.


  1. ^ "Home". Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Archived from the original on 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ "About Us". Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Neumann, Volker Maria. "A Few New Questions: The Hamburg Institute for Social Research". Goethe-Institut.
  4. ^ "Mittelweg 36". Magazine List. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  5. ^ Bartov ppXI-XII


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