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.


14. February - 30. April 2023

Upcoming Monday Seminar

We currently pause the regular Monday seminar.

We plan to resume our discussions in the summer term 2023.

24. - 26. March 2023

Seminar: Geschichte im Krieg

Zusammenarbeit mit der Europäischen Akademie Schleswig-Holstein

War der ukrainische Nationalist Bandera ein Held oder ein Verbrecher? Haben die Russen das Baltikum 1945 befreit oder besetzt? Waren die Polen…

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.

Please follow this link to read the whole article.

New Publications

Memory Crash

Politics of History in and around Ukraine, 1980s–2010s

This account of historical politics in Ukraine, framed in a broader European context, shows how social, political, and cultural groups have used and misused the past from the final years of the Soviet Union to 2020.

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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

After the successful 2022 Spring and Fall Semesters the INVISIBLE UNIVERSITY FOR UKRAINE (IUFU) certificate program is continuing.

The Imre Kertész Kolleg, the Central European University, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, receive…


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

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