The Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC) is an alliance of eleven university institutes and research bodies, which are located in ten different federal states and – as a consequence – are also looking at the regional diversity of social cohesion in Germany. Funding for the RISC has been provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 1 June 2020. Together, more than 100 researchers from a large number of different disciplines use empirical studies and large-scale comparisons to develop practical approaches that contribute to meeting current social challenges. Visit the RISC website.
Konstanz section of the RISC
In Konstanz, we focus our work on the current dynamics of cohesion and its risks. Research in Konstanz systematically combines questions from law, literature and media science on the one hand and historical, ethnological and sociological issues on the other. We are primarily interested in the origins of social cohesion and the conditions under which it evolves. Our researchers do not isolate any cultural dimensions in the narrower sense but instead observe them in their interaction with socio-economic, political and institutional factors. This is where our cultural studies approach makes a real contribution to the research alliance as a whole.