East European und Eurasian Studies

This regionally defined research cluster is closely linked to the Institute for Eastern European History, the largest relevant academic institution in the German-speaking world dedicated to the history of Eastern Europe and Eurasia in its geographical breadth and temporal depth. Its internationally recognized research expertise is expanded through cooperations with colleagues from the fields of Byzantine studies, Slavic studies, Turkology, contemporary history, and political science. In terms of its curriculum, there is a strong connection to the master courses “Interdisciplinary Eastern European Studies” and “Women’s and Gender History – Matilda” in addition to the master courses offered by the Department of History.

The members of this cluster conduct research on the regions of Eastern, East Central and Southeast Europe as well as Eurasia while simultaneously taking components of global history into consideration. Topical research foci result from the connection between global history and Eastern European history, the comparison of empires, the history of diplomacy, historical migration research, research on nationalism, research on communism, the history and culture of Galicia and, of course, the individual states and regions of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.