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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Southeast European History

Research

Dissertations:

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-Zeitschrift: Südosteuropäische Hefte

Die Online-Zeitschrift "Südosteuropäische Hefte" versteht sich in allgemeiner Zielsetzung als Forum für Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen, die zum regionalen Schwerpunkt Südosteuropa forschen. Sie will daher neuere Arbeiten und Projekte der deutschsprachigen Südosteuropaforschung abbilden und zugleich Raum für intellektuellen Austausch und kooperative Vernetzung bieten. (Details)

 

Visiting Fellows:

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

 

Current Externally Founded Project:

 

  • 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)

 


  • 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.


 

  • 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.

 

 
Completed Externally Founded Project:
  • 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)