Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena


International Conference: Revisiting the Dark Legacies of Illiberalism

Varieties of Constitutionalism and Legal-Political Practices in Post-Authoritarian Europe

02. - 03. December 2022
Venue: Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27, Jena
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Until recently, the model of “constitutional tolerance” that allowed for a plurality of constitutional traditions within EU was understood as a strength. Not anymore. The constitutional transformation of Hungary and Poland towards authoritarian regimes in recent years has undermined the belief that despite the plurality there is a constitutional core shared by all member states allowing for mediation of conflicts and preserving the basic shared principles and values of EU as liberal democratic…

25. November 2022

Call for Applications: Fellowships 2023 & 2023/24

We invite applications for Fellowships for 2023 & 2023/24 for periods of residence from three to twelve months.

The Imre Kertész Kolleg invites applications for fellowships for the year 2023 & 2023/2024 for periods of residence from three to twelve months. The Kolleg awards fellowships to scholars in the history of Central and Eastern Europe or neighbouring disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political sciences, philosophy, literary studies or linguistics relevant to the region.

In 2023, applications are invited from:

  • early career scholars, researching the topic of the long transformation in…

05. September 2022

Invisible University for Ukraine - Fall Semester 2022

The Imre Kertész Kolleg, the Central European University, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, receive funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to offer online courses to Ukrainian students.

"Ukraine digital - ensuring academic success in times of crisis" - this is the title of a comprehensive DAAD funding programme, which aims to support Ukrainian higher education institutions in maintaining, implementing, and offering their virtual courses. Existing partnerships with Ukrainian universities are being used and new ones established to offer Ukrainian students, those who fled as well as those who are still in the country, the widest possible range of online lectures and seminars.


29. March 2022

Special Ukraine: Joachim von Puttkamer im Interview mit dem BMBF

Welchen Beitrag leisten die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, um die Hintergründe und Folgen des Ukraine-Kriegs zu analysieren?

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer wurde für ein Special des Rahmenprogramms Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (BMBF) befragt, welchen Beitrag die osteuropäische Geschichte zur Einordnung und zum Verständnis des Kriegs in der Ukraine leisten kann.

"Mit ihrer wissenschaftlichen Expertise kann die Osteuropäische Geschichte inhaltlich vor allem zu drei Aspekten Orientierung bieten", so Joachim von Puttkamer im Interview, "Sie kann erstens die Geschichte der Ukraine als eigenständiger Nation im…

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer, Direktor Imre Kertész Kolleg

08. March 2022

The War Against Ukraine. Information and Analyses from the Region

Web-based portals, agencies and other websites that provide news, background information, longer reports, analyses, fact-checking, interviews and debates from and about the current war against Ukraine and the Central and Eastern European region more broadly: 

Central Europe:

Visegrad Insight  Central European analysis and media platform (English).

Transitions (TOL) is a nonprofit organization established to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media in the…

02. March 2022

Aufzeichnung der Podiumsdiskussion vom 28.02.2022

Am Abgrund. Russland, die Ukraine und der Westen

­Hier finden Sie die Aufzeichnung unserer Podiumsdiskussion vom 28.02.2022.

Mit der Anerkennung der selbsternannten Volksrepubliken im Osten der Ukraine hat Wladimir Putin Fakten geschaffen. Mit seinen Angriffen auf die Ukraine fordert er den Westen heraus. Frieden und Sicherheit in Europa stehen auf der Kippe. Im Gespräch mit Expertinnen und Experten unterschiedlicher Fachrichtungen fragen wir nach den Ursachen und Folgen der jüngsten Entwicklungen, informieren über die Hintergründe und…

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…

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