Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is one of the six political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany associated with political parties. The Foundation’s main task is to provide political education. It is closely connected to Germany’s Left Party, known as Die LINKE.
In keeping with its namesake, Rosa Luxemburg, the Foundation has, since 1990, represented the main current of German democratic socialism, with an unwavering international focus. The Foundation is committed to a radical perspective of enlightenment and social criticism. It situates itself within the tradition of the workers’ and women’s movements, and operates within anti-fascist and anti-racist principles.
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is a registered non-profit organization, whose most important body is the General Assembly. Its work is supported by the dedication and commitment of a large number of volunteers throughout Germany.
Through its work, the Foundation promotes a critical social analysis and fosters networks of emancipatory, political, social and cultural initiatives. It is active internationally in cooperative development work, and advocates an equal dialogue between the Global North and the Global South. At the same time, with the help of the Archive of Democratic Socialism, it documents important events and the results of left-wing politics. Within the framework of its Scholarship Department, the Foundation also provides grants to young academics.
Like other political foundations, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung seeks to advance the classical concept of political education. However, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung emphasizes a critical analysis of society as its central task, a mission and legacy underlined by its name.
Based on the understanding that social change requires a reflective confrontation with today’s capitalist society as a whole, the Foundation strives to develop alternative concepts and approaches for a comprehensive process of transformation that will enable the creation of a more united and just society.
Education and training in socialist-democratic politics, analysis, information and policy counsel are thereby the Foundation’s basic tasks, which it pursues and implements on the regional, national and international levels.
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung aims to:
• Organise political education and disseminate knowledge about social relations in a globalized, unjust and hostile world
• Provide a venue for critical analysis of contemporary capitalism; act as a hub for programmatic discussions about a modern democratic socialism, act as a socialist think tank for political alternatives
• Be a forum in Germany and internationally that supports dialogue between left-socialist powers, socialist movements and organisations, left-minded intellectuals and non-governmental organisations
• Grant funding to young scholars via undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships
• Support self-identifying socialist political initiatives as well as commitments to peace and international understanding for a socially just and solidary union
Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation
The main concern of the Centre for International Dialogue, which coordinates the international work of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, is to contribute to social and democratic developments and strengthen socio-political educational opportunities as well as possibilities for communication with international partners.
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung funds projects aimed at providing as many people as possible with access to basic social goods and rights, such as democratic participation, education, health, employment, social security, peace and non-violence, and an environment that upholds basic human dignity. Toward this end, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s international collaborations are primarily with trade unions, women’s organizations, social movements, advanced research and educational institutes, and international organizations and parties.
Key areas of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s international work are today’s neoliberal globalization tendencies, the creation of a caring and peaceful Europe, democratic and social participation at the national, regional and local level, the prevention of violence and fostering of peace, equal rights, and social integration of marginalized social groups.
Inspired by the ideas and concepts of democratic socialism and cooperation based on solidarity, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung works internationally in order to:
– Secure the rights of democratic participation and guarantee co-determination,
– Defend access to public services and lay the foundations for a self-determined life,
– Strengthen the networks of civil society actors and develop alternatives to the neoliberal economic model, and
– Solve conflicts peacefully, and shape the present and future in the light of historical consciousness.
Currently, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has 17 international offices, which work together with about 200 partner organizations in over 50 countries. It has offices in the regions of central, eastern and southeast Europe, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central America, and in the eastern Mediterranean.
Institute for Critical Social Analysis
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Institute for Critical Social Analysis’s (ISA) main project focuses on researching socialist transformation. It works towards “strategizing left politics and democratic-socialistic transformation of the current capitalistic society” (Founding Resolution from December 6, 2008).
The ISA aligns itself with traditionally critical, Marxist and feminist views on capitalism and governance, but also acts on the findings of modern sociological and political economic scholarship.
Currently, the ISA works on five main areas of research (as outlined below) and holds numerous nationwide and international events. The institute works in close cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung scientific advisory council and a number of discussion groups. It also produces a significant number of publications for the foundation. Additionally, the institute sponsors and promotes many external projects, including
• Publication of new volumes of Marx-Engels-Works (MEW)
• Publication of the historical-critical dictionary of Marxism (HKWM)
• Public opinion research
• Rolf Reissig`s Research and the Publication Project about Community Transformation,
• LinksNet (the largest web-based collection of German left-wing publications) and
• Cooperation with national and international research partners (Transform, TNI, EU-Project PRESOM).
The ISA’s participation at international conferences (including Social Forum meetings, large symposia from research journals, The Left Party conferences, etc.) plays a large role in its organisational discourse and networking.
Areas of Research of the ISA
The institute focuses on five areas of research:
• Analysis and criticism of capitalism, approaches to socio-ecological transformation (especially alternative forms of economic order and property dispersal)
• Fundamental questions about historical and modern democratic socialism, significant left-wing activists, their strategies and projects
• Democracy analysis and democratic remodeling of the economic system, the social state and public wealth, and the dynamics of property
• Strategies regarding the further development of the European Union, peace and security politics and international cooperation
• Identity and differences: theoretical strategies and political, social, and cultural participation of actors in the emancipation movement
Academy for Political Education
The main task of the Academy is to promote and implement emancipatory, participatory political education, which, in the spirit of democratic socialism, contends with critical social conflicts. This not only entails a range of methods and the monitoring of educational processes – which undergo continuous examination and refinement– but also involves the task of consciously creating and designing a dedicated educational space. We aim to empower those participating in our educational programmes to engage in political action by enabling the acquisition of knowledge.
The Academy offers different courses and training, as well as consulting services. It designs and organises conferences, workshops, events series and weekend seminars. It creates educational materials and produces publications. It engages, within and outside the Foundation, in a wide range of networks and projects, including politically engaged art.
The Academy’s fields of activity and tasks include:
– Politics – communication – management and providing the basics of adult education. The Academy participates in theoretical debates on emancipatory political education, in particular via the “Political Education Discussion Group.”
– Workshops and seminars organized by the Kommunalakademie (Municipal Academy), which also publishes the “Crashkurs Kommune” series addressing issues of local politics, such as participatory budget policy, privatisation, remunicipalization, and urban policy in metropolitan regions.
– Youth education. The Jugendbildungswerk (Centre for Youth Education) organizes nationwide events, supported by the Academy and on the basis of promoting projects and organizations connected to the Foundation’s network. It aims to criticize societal conditions, discover alternatives, strengthen resistance, and create free spaces.
The areas of social conflict with which the Academy engages include: Social inequalities and the dimensions of economic and ecological crises, sustainability and regional development, and the confrontation with neo-Nazism and ideologies of inequality. As causes of inequalities in society, politics, and everyday life, gender inequality and migration are interdisciplinary issues, and we offer a space to discuss gender equality in areas such as economics and work, the public and private spheres, distribution and participation, and the acceptance of varying gender presentations and sexual orientations. We also take part in discussions concerning left-wing feminist values. Issues of contemporary history, for example, are tackled with the help of contemporary witnesses and biographical studies. We discuss the processes and consequences of globalized production and reproduction as well as new international developments and social movements, and we participate in social forums on the national, European and international levels. In this connection, “educational elements on Europe” were developed in cooperation with our Brussels office. Educational opportunities dealing with the life and work of the Foundation’s namesake, Rosa Luxemburg, are also among the central tasks of the Academy.
The equal participation in society of migrants and people of colour of both sexes is one of our guiding principles.
The scholarship department awards scholarships to highly qualified students and postgraduates at home and abroad with a strongly developed social commitment. We aim to compensate for social, political and gender discrimination. Preference is therefore given to applications from women, students from non-academic backgrounds, those with a history of migration, the socially needy and people with disabilities who demonstrate comparable achievements and commitment. Applications are actively encouraged from students and postgraduate students from scientific and technical disciplines and graduates of technical colleges.
The scholarship department awards scholarships to German and foreign students (undergraduate and doctorate) who study in Germany.
The selection and sponsorship criteria are as follows:
– Very good professional qualifications (proof of above-average academic achievement either at school and/or university)
– Political and social and/or social commitment in keeping with the ideals of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
– Personal/family background
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s Scholarship Department works on the principle of direct application. Information on grant eligibility requirements and application forms for the scholarship programs can be found on the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s website , on the Scholarships page. These documents will not be sent by post.