Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century: Comparative Historical Experience

The Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena is an Institute of Advanced Studies, with a thematic focus on the history, culture and societies of twentieth-century Eastern Europe.

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Featured Article

Vladimir versus Volodymyr

Conflicting Russian and Ukrainian Application of Rus’ Heritage

by Jeremy Cohen

Putin justified his invasion of peaceful Ukraine in February 2022 by questioning the very idea that Ukraine has a national history distinct from Russia. At the core of this claim is the shared history of the Kievan Rus'. The article provides a critical analysis of the uses and abuses of Rus' history by both states and of their strategies to craft that history into a national narrative and weapon in the current war.

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New Publications

Ich werde mich nie an die Gewalt gewöhnen

Polizeibrutalität und Gesellschaft in der Volksrepublik Polen

The book explores how police brutality ceased to be considered a natural phenomenon in Poland and became morally reprehensible. It tells of the progressive self-destruction of the communist dictatorship. Das Buch geht der Frage nach, wie polizeiliche Brutalität in Polen aufhörte, selbstverständlich zu sein, und moralisch verwerflich wurde. Es erzählt von der schleichenden Selbstzerstörung der kommunistischen Diktatur.

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Titelbild Buch Polizeibrutalität und Gesellschaft in der Volksrepublik Polen

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Fearing for the Nation

The field of biopolitics encompasses issues from health and hygiene, birth rates, fertility and sexuality, life expectancy and demography, to eugenics and racial regimes. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive view on these issues for Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century.

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Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century
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Fellows

Dr Irina Shcherbakova

Irina Shcherbakova is a historian and human rights activist. She is a founding member of Memorial, where she is the director of the youth and education programms and a member of the International Memo...

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Dr Irina Shcherbakova

Professor Ostap Sereda

Ostap Sereda is Associate Professor at the Departnemt of Modern und Contemporary Ukrainian History at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv.

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Professor Ostap Sereda