International PhD Program "East Central Europe in Transnational Perspective"


The post-graduate programme “East-Central Europe in Transnational Perspective” focuses on the transnational entanglements of Eastern European history since the late 19th century. Particularly attention is paid to its specific transnational quality which results from the imperial past of the region, its position within the constellation of the Cold War and from the dynamic of the post-1989 processes of Europeanization and Globalization.The main research areas of the international PhD programme are:

- Borders and territorialization: Where does East-Central Europe end and what is beyond?
- Integration of East-Central European economies into world markets since 1900
- Migration and cultural encounter: East-Central Europeans on the move
- East-Central European representatives in international organizations
- Cultural transfer and the transnationalization of East-Central Europe since late 19th century
- EU enlargement and globalization at the beginning of the 21st  century

The project is a co-operation of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig (director: Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell) with the Centre for History and Culture of East-Central Europe (subject coordinator of history of the 19th and 20th centuries: Dr. Frank Hadler) and the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (director: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz). Partner institutions are the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Bratislava, the Willy Brandt-Centre for German and European Studies at the University of Wroclaw, the Institute for History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague and the Masaryk University in Brno.

The post-graduate programme is directed towards researchers from East-Central European countries familiar with East-Central European modern and contemporary history in particular. However, the programme is open for fellows having graduated in geography, cultural studies, sociology, politics, economics, and literary studies.

The project is funded by the Saxonian State Ministry of Arts and Sciences (Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, SMWK) until 2013.