Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Southeast European History

Graduate Schools

The Chair for South-East European History participates in the following Graduate Schools:



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Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. The area of study includes Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America. The Graduate School examines, in a systematic and comparative way, concepts, practices, and institutions variously understood as Islamic. Special attention is given to relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as forms of inter- and intra-cultural communication.

In close cooperation with its partner institutions in Germany and abroad, the Graduate School offers doctoral candidates a broad educational programme of exceptional quality coupled with intensive mentoring for individual dissertation projects, training that will qualify graduates to hold leading positions in academia, the media, and politics.

The Graduate School's three-year doctoral programme begins in October. Up to fifteen doctoral students are admitted annually, ten of whom are awarded scholarships provided by the Graduate School. Since 2007 the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies has been funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and by Freie Universität Berlin. The participating institutions are Freie Universität Berlin (Speaker university), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Institute of Asian and African Studies), and, the non-university institution Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin



Interdisciplinary Doctoral Network Historical and Ethnographic Research in Exchange

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Network Historical and Ethnographic Research in Exchange

In 2014, the "Interdisziplinäre Doktoratsnetzwerk historische und ethnographische Forschung im Austausch" was founded. As a cooperation between historical and European ethnological or cultural anthropological institutes from Germany (Berlin), Austria (Vienna) and Switzerland (Zurich), a conference is organized and hosted annually on a rotating basis by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Zurich and the University of Vienna. The first meeting was held in Vienna at the end of 2014, the second in Zurich at the beginning of 2016, and the third in Berlin at the beginning of 2017.

The primary goal of the network is to promote interdisciplinary exchange between historically and ethnographically oriented research. At the same time, concepts and methods of European ethnology/cultural and historical studies are to be sharpened and reflected in their subject-specific references and anchors. (more)


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Graduate School Global Intellectual History

The graduate school Global Intellectual History aims to explore intellectual reactions to processes of entanglement from the 18th to 20th century in their social, cultural and political contexts: the trans-border spread of ideas, claims to universal validity, as well as counter-movements and resistance to such claims. A particular, but not exclusive focus is on the role of non-Western actors and ideas.

The graduate school is funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and jointly run by Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität Berlin. It builds on a strong research tradition in area studies and global history at both universities, including the jointly-run MA program in Global History. It offers a stimulating research environment, substantial financial support for archival stays and a strong network of international partners in the form of the Global History Collaborative. (more)




Collège doctoral franco-allemand / German-French Graduate School

«Construire les différences : structure – ordre social – communication»
“Constructing differences: structure – social order – communication”

The German-French Graduate School “Constructing differences: structure, social order, communication” is the result of a partnership between the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale (EHESS) in Paris, the Humboldt-Universität (HU) zu Berlin and the Technischen Universität (TU) Dresden.


The graduate school provides a framework for doctoral candidates from the Humanities and Social Sciences to participate in an exchange programme intended to provide an inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural, and bi-lingual environment.  Comparative Projects and those which deploy an “histoire croisée” approach will be particularly encouraged. The German-French Graduate School is financed by the German-French University in Saarbrucken for the period between 01.01.2016 and 31.12.2019.