The Johann-Gottfried-Herder Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kolleg was launched in 2015. It sees itself as an interdisciplinary platform for the research and scientific exchange of Herder's work. A special concern for the centre is the grouping together of the different facets of Herder's thinking. In addition to Herder's preaching, the centre focuses its attention, among others things, to his philosophy of history and his role as a mediator of knowledge about non-Christian religions.
In addition to pursuing its own projects, the research centre would like to act as a stimulant in the academic field and gradually develop the necessary structures and frameworks. A further concern is the introduction of Herder's work to an interested public. In order to achieve these objectives, it is gradually building a network of cooperative partners.