Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena


13. September 2021


Workshop at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, 27 & 28 January 2022

submission deadline 15 October 2021


Public history relies essentially on the public – the viewers, spectators, the audience and their presence in designated premises, on guided tours, or open-air tribunes. For the past 16 months the public’s access to museums, exhibitions, commemorative events and other historical representations or performances was limited due to the Covid-19 restrictions, and in some cases, it still is. The…

Joint Annual Conference 2021

17. May 2021 - 08:37

The Holocaust and the Cold War: Culture and Justice  

May 26 – 28, 2021
Organizers:  Fritz Bauer Institut,  Frankfurt am Main and  Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena

The conference will examine to what extent the Cold War affected representations of the Shoah in historiography, legal investigations and trials as well as the arts and will ask how this has determined political discourse until today. We will take stock of the confrontational nature of the Cold War and discuss how the Holocaust became a…

Debates on Europe

Budapest & Beyond. Defending Intellectual Freedom

06. May 2021 - 19:00

Remembering the Future

Politics of Memory and the Culture War
Poland and Germany

Across Europe, politicians are increasingly using history as an instrument to realise current ideological projects. In Hungary and Poland, national-illiberal governments keep a firm grip of the narrative and put limits to which histories can be told. In Germany, the function of history is different and the confrontation with the darkest moments of the past has become a way to take responsibility and determines…

COVID-19 Operating Mode

In view of the present public health situation, the Imre Kertész Kolleg is adopting the following measures:

26. February 2021 - 10:51

Our traditional seminar meetings are held on Monday at 4 p.m. as a web-based discussion of pre-circulated texts. Should you be interested in joining us, please send a short message to Diana Joseph. You will receive the invitation link shortly before the meeting.


09. April 2020

Professor Borodziej receives Max Weber Foundation International Research Award

Professor Włodzimierz Borodziej, Professor of History at Warsaw University, Co-Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena from 2010 to 2016 and currently chair of its Advisory Board, has received the International Research Award of the Max Weber Foundation.

The award recognizes achievements of scholars whose work has made an exemplary contribution to international research in the fields of the humanities and social and cultural sciences.

From the official statement of the Max Weber Foundation:

Former Academic Staff Włodzimierz Borodziej