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Research Initiative
New Global Dynamics 
Worlds in Crisis?

Welcome to the Halle–Leipzig Research Initiative New Global Dynamics: Worlds in Crisis?


From trade wars to climate change, from social fragmentation to shifting worldviews, a global multi-crisis seems to be unfolding, signalling a deep caesura. Although the globalization paradigm seems to be exhausted in its abilty to explain such a crisis, this does not mean the end of transnational or transregional entanglements, which persist in a decentred and non-linear way. In our understanding, these linkages are, and have been, producing New Global Dynamics (NGD).

Our research initiative analyses these dynamics by comparing historical and contemporary antecedents while exploring their transformative effects on individual and collective actors’ globalization projects. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and robust knowledge exchange, our initiative fosters the establishment of a distinguished School for New Global Dynamics, spanning two German federal states, two universities, and seven non-university research institutions and serving as an incubator for cutting-edge research and unparalleled training opportunities.

Through active collaboration, we are exploring the intricate relationship between global dynamics and today’s multi-crisis, advancing a comprehensive and layered understanding of global and regional transformations.



From a decentred, non-linear, historical perspective, the research initiative explores the transnational and transregional entanglements brought about by global dynamics, comparing new ones with their historical predecessors at relevant critical junctures.


News and Activities

Workshops, conferences, and summer schools are among the joint activities the Research Initiative New Global Dynamics organizes.



Collaboration between the participating universities & institutions has evolved over more than a decade, resulting in a diverse array of overlapping networks and joint projects.



Four university centres and seven non-university institutions foster a collaborative research environment based on interdisciplinary work.



An interdisciplinary team comprising 25 principal investigators that are working in tandem with an engaged group of researchers combine diverse approaches from geography, anthropology, global studies, law, history, literature, cultural studies, and area studies.

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