Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Southeast European History



An overview of the dissertation projects (as main supervisor H. Grandits) currently conducted at the Chair can be found here.


Book Series: Balkanological Publications

The “Balkanologische Veröffentlichungen” series was established in 1979 by Norbert Reiter as a forum for the wide spectrum of research on the Balkans with particular consideration for works devoted to linguistic and literary studies. With volume 39 (2003) the profile of the series was changed. Abandoning the linguistic and literary research topics, the series has since then featured monographs and edited books about history, society and culture in the Balkans. The focus lies on historical, cultural, ethnological as well as social and cultural anthropological research. The series also has an international profile that allows authors to publish their work in German, English and French. The scope of the subjects covered ranges from political and social history on nationalism and research on ethnicity, minorities, gender, memory and commemoration to popular culture and everyday life, religion and educational history. (Details)


Book Series: Phantom Borders in Eastern Europe

The book series “Phantom Borders in Eastern Europe” publishes monographs and edited volumes which relate to the research network “Phantom Borders in East-Central Europe”. The series focuses is the no-longer existing borders that once again are being structured in different forms and with different intensities in the East European space. (Details)


Online Journal: Südosteuropäische Hefte

The Online Journal Südosteuropäische Hefte represents a forum forum for young scholars which do research on Southeastern Europe. The journal therefore publishes new results and informs about new projects primarily, but not exclusively of the German speaking Southeastern European Studies. At the same time, it offers a place for intellectual exchange and cooperative networking. Especially young scholars are invited to use the journal as a publishing opportunity. The exchange within the Südosteuropäische Hefte is a twofold. On the one hand, the journal explores the current research developments and tendencies on the southeastern European region, reflects upon research results, concepts and methods, and, having in mind the new generation of scholars, critically evaluates them. On the other hand, the journal offers the possibility to create new impulses, set new accents and shift existing perspectives in terms of contents and methods, which may be discussed in this journal. (Details)


Visiting Fellows:

An overview of our visiting fellows, who are associated with the Chair since the summer semester of 2010, can be found here.


Current Externally Funded Project:
Prof. Dr. Hannes Grandits ist Co-Sprecher für das Projekt Reordering Yugoslavia "Rethinking Europe: A Transgregional History of the Yugoslav Wars and the Post-Cold War Order (1991-1995) (2023/24-2026/27).

Das Projekt findet in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History statt und wird von der Leibniz Association gefördert.

Mehr Informationen zum Projekt finden Sie hier.



Dr. Marija Vulesica gehört der ersten Kohorte der von der Alfred Landecker Foundation geförderten Lecturer an. 

“We call it personality, but it´s actually a multi-layered figure. Hinko Gottlieb, Aleksandar Licht, Lavoslav Schick, Aleksa Klein. A Jewish-Croatian Collective Biography.”

Dr. Marija Vulesica widmet sich in diesem Projekt der kollektiv-biografischen Erforschung des Holocaust, seiner Vor-und Nachgeschichte im Unabhängigen Staat Kroatien. 

(Ausführlichere Informationen zum Forschungsprojekt finden Sie hier)

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Completed Externally Funded Project:


  • "Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit - Jugoslawien und die europäische Integration" (2023)

Das Projekt „Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit – Jugoslawien und die europäische Integration“ beschäftigt sich mit den Versuchen der europäischen Integration Jugoslawiens, die Ende der 1980er Jahre bzw. zu Beginn der 1990er Jahre bestanden. Auf der dazugehörigen Konferenz stellten Historiker:innen aus Deutschland, Slowenien, Kroatien, Bosnien und Herzegowina, Serbien und Nordmazedonien Ergebnisse originärer neuer empirischer Forschungen zum Thema vor und diskutierten darauf aufbauende Publikations-, Forschungs- und Vernetzungsvorhaben.

Das Projekt wurde durch das DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst) gefördert.

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  • Histoire pour la liberté (01/2021-12/2021)

Das Projekt "Histoire pour la liberté" beschäftigt sich mit dem historischen Revisionismus in den jugoslawischen Nachfolgestaaten. Es setzt damit die Diskussion über die Bedeutung von multiperspektivischer Geschichtsschreibung und partizipativer Erinnerungskultur fort, die mit dem Projekt Ko/Tko je prvi počeo? Historičari/povjesničari protiv revizionizma (Wer hat zuerst angefangen? HistorikerInnen gegen Revisionismus, angestoßen wurde. 


Mehr Informationen hier.

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  • Phantom Borders in East-Central Europe

The objective of the project „Phantom Borders“, financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, is to analyse the borders that no longer exist but that nevertheless continue, to a certain extent, to structure the East Central European space. An analysis of these more or less “invisible borders” promises new scientific insights over the specific characteristics of the region and proposes an original contribution from a transnational research perspective which, in order to grasp the complexities of the new research field of “Phantom Borders”, will be based on an interdisciplinary approach. These perspectives should also make a contribution to understanding the different manifestations of difference in these respective societies.

The project is conducted within a research network which includes: the Chair for South-East European History at the HU-Berlin, the Centre Marc Bloch (Coordinator of the network), the Centre of the Modern Orient Berlin and the Martin-Luther University in Halle. (Details)



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  • Changing Representations of Socialist Yugoslavia

The main objective of this project is to bring together students, doctoral researchers, post-docs and professors of history from Belgrade, Sarajevo and Berlin to discuss the research subject “Changing Representations of Yugoslavia” and explore the possibilities of new scientific approaches with an inter-disciplinary and international perspective. The objective of this cooperation is to act as a starting point for further long-term partnerships and joint projects between the participating institutions as well as further potential partners in the region with the intention internationalizing the teaching approaches of the South-East European partner universities. (Details)


The project is conducted in joint cooperation by the Humboldt University in Berlin (Chair for South-East European History), the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Philosophy, Centre for Contemporary History of the Balkans) and the University of Sarajevo (Institute for Historical Studies) and is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD.



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  • New Research Approaches to the Second World War in Southeast Europe

This project, which has been running since the summer of 2014, pursues three goals. First: to promote a critical engagement with the existing historiography of the Second World War in Southeast Europe. Second: to coordinate the collective research of a group of doctoral students from Germany, France and South-East Europe dealing with new approaches and to integrate them within an international research network. Third:  the engagement with research questions which can be linked to existing historiographical trends in research related to the Second World in Europe as a whole.

The project is led by the Chair for Southeast European History at the Humboldt University, the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC) of the EHESS in Paris and the Center Marc Bloch in Berlin. At the same time, events form this project will be supported by Laboratoire d´Excellence TEPSIS, the Südosteuropagessellschaft, the CIERA center as well as the Center for the study of Anti-Semitism in Berlin.

The opening workshop of the project took place on 5 and 6 February 2015 at the Collège de France in Paris (programme). Further conferences took place on 14-17 October 2015 at the Humboldt University in Berlin (programme)  and in March 2016 at the French School in Athens.


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  • New and Ambiguous Nation-building Processes in South-eastern Europe (1944-2010)


This research project examines four specific nation-building processes in South-eastern Europe after 1945: the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim), Macedonian, Moldovan and Montenegrin cases. The main focus of the interdisciplinary research of the project is on popular perceptions of nation-building. How did 'ordinary' people in these four countries, faced with communist and post-communist nation-building efforts, appropriate, reject or modify official notions of (new) national identity? What was the role of career migration or nationalisation of cultural practices and symbols for the processes of identification with the new nations? By providing historical and anthropological perspectives, this comparative study of recent and, in some respect, ambiguous nation-building processes, aims to break new scientific ground. In addition, our research will provide new insights into politically-sound and scientifically-relevant problems related to nationalism and national identity in South-eastern Europe. (Details)