“WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung,” which has been published by the Institute for Social Research since 2004, is aimed at a broad intellectual reading audience. It takes its lead from its famous predecessor, the “Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung,” insofar as it remains committed both to the idea of interdisciplinarity and to the claim of a critical theory of society. It publishes essays from a variety of disciplines that, taken together, contribute to a comprehensive analysis of the current social situation and uncover perspectives for emancipatory transformation.
Following the series founded by Theodor W. Adorno and Walter Dirks in 1955 and discontinued in 1971, this series includes monographs and research reports that reflect the theoretical and empirical issues dealt with in the Institute’s work. Its thematic spectrum was deliberately broadly conceived to include social philosophy, because nowadays it can no longer be taken for granted that reflection on philosophical conceptualization is an integral part of research in sociology.
The Working Papers are a publication organ of the collaborators of the IfS. Articles, essays, presentations, discussion papers, and reports appear at irregular intervals that reflect the full breadth of the research work of the Institute. The comparatively open format enables the authors to present empirical material in greater detail or to explore more tentative theses than is normally possible in journal articles, or both. The Working Papers are available online at the Institute’s website and at the website of the German National Library.
Since 2002, the Institute for Social Research has organized in cooperation with Suhrkamp Verlag annual lectures commemorating Theodor W. Adorno that take place on three successive evenings. The purpose of the lectures is not to provide philological interpretations of his writings, but rather to reveal the vital traces of his interdisciplinary work in philosophy, literary studies, aesthetics, and the social sciences, and to promote his influence on contemporary theory formation in the human sciences.
The IfS podcast “Aufzeichnungen” has been reporting on research projects and publications from the Institute for Social Research at consistently irregular intervals since 2021. In short conversations, researchers speak about how they arrived at and what interests them about their research topics, and provide insights into their everyday work. The conversations give expression to the full range of disciplines, themes, and methods of social research and social theory at the IfS.