The ICI Berlin is an independent non-profit research centre. Its research is focused on the exploration of an interlocking series of core research projects, which is undertaken in collaboration with a group of two-year postdoctoral fellows assembled in the Institute’s Research Colloquium. The core project draws input from and is reflected in an accompanying ICI Lecture Series. Institute staff and fellows cooperate to organize workshops, conferences, and symposia illuminating particular aspects of the common project. The work of the Research Colloquium or that of smaller cooperations is frequently documented in edited volumes of the  series ‘Cultural Inquiry’.

Core Projects

With its longer-term core projects, the ICI Berlin seeks to develop key paradigms of cultural inquiry and intervention. ICI Core Projects are structured by annual (until 2013) and currently by biannual research foci, explored in the Institute’s Research Colloquium. This collective research manifests itself in many of the ICI Events and in shared publications.


The work of the ICI Berlin is being documented in a variety of different publications. Videorecordings of events are being collected in the ICI Edition, accessible online and, more comprehensively, at the ICI Library. The publications page documents monographs and edited volumes resulting from the individual work of ICI Fellows and other Institute members, collaborations among them, or conferences organized at the Institute. Some of these publications are included in the book series ‘Cultural Inquiry’, published by Turia + Kant until 2019, when the series editors decided to continue the series online and strictly Open Access under the imprint ICI Berlin Press, with a print-on-demand option being made available globally. Conversely, the book series includes also other volumes related to the Institute’s profile.