The Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) is an operating foundation which was established in 1984 by Jan Philipp Reemtsma. Since 2015, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knöbl is the director of Institute. Broad openness to a variety of topics and a distinctive range of services for the interested public are the hallmarks of this independent, unaffiliated research institution. This includes the Library, which is open to the public, and the Archives, which house holdings that are unique in Germany, including a special collection on "Protest, Resistance and Utopia in the Federal Republic of Germany". The Press and Public Affairs Office is the first point of contact for the interested public.
There are currently two projects at HIS that focus on the Cold War: Prof. Dr. Bernd Greiner (Entrepreneurs of Fear: The USA in the Twentieth Century) PD; Dr. Claudia Kemper (When Is Peace? Concepts, Negotiations, and Representations of Transition Processes at the End of the Twentieth Century).
Mittelweg 36: The institutes journal was first published in 1992 and allows readers to follow ongoing research projects at the institute. In its first decade the journal has garnered interest not only in the academic community but also has a number of non academic readers.