From September 19th to 22nd, the 54th Deutsche Historikertag will take place at the University of Leipzig. Leipzig as the venue has a special significance in several respects. The second congress took place there in 1894, one year after its founding in Munich, and the first in a location in East Germany after reunification in 1994. Almost three decades later, the Leipzig Historikertag following its postponement to the digital space in 2021 due to the pandemic, will be the first to welcome participants in person since Münster in 2018.
The University of Leipzig, also known as Alma Mater Lipsiensis, is the second-oldest continuously operating university in present-day Germany. Over the past 600 years, many "great minds" have studied in Leipzig, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alice Hamilton, Erich Kästner, Angela Merkel, and Juli Zeh. With over 31,000 students and 5,000 employees, the university today is one of Leipzig's social and economic centers.
The university's main campus, Augustusplatz, which was renovated from 2007 to 2012, is the central location for the 54th Deutsche Historikertag in 2023. It is located in a prime position on the edge of Leipzig's city center and forms a striking architectural feature in the ensemble of buildings on Augustusplatz, including the Gewandhaus and Opera. For the conference, both the New Augusteum and several floors of the lecture hall building will be available. Smaller events will take place in the seminar building opposite the main campus, so that all the central locations for the Historikertag will be within walking distance of each other.
The main campus of the University of Leipzig can be easily reached by bus and tram via the adjacent Augustusplatz due to its central location. Numerous and regular connections exist from all parts of the city as well as from the main train station, which can transport participants at any time of day.