Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena


The Kolleg regularly organizes conferences and workshops. Our focal point of the year is the Annual Conference, usually held in Jena, which assembles a large group of international scholars. Smaller workshops and scholarly conferences organised jointly with partner institutions are held both in Jena and elsewhere. As a matter of course, the Kolleg and its community are present at international gatherings such as ASEEES conventions or the Deutsche Historikertag.

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International Conference: Precarious Constitutionalism

The Ambiguities of Liberal Orders and the Rise of Illiberalism in Central Europe and Latin America

12. - 13. October 2023
Venue: Vila Lanna, Prague
Organizer: Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

The second international conference of our project "Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism" takes place on 12 & 13 October in the Vila Lanna, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. The conference is organised by the Prague project team, in cooperation with the Centre for Ibero-American Studies FF UK.

Latin America and Central Europe are regions that share the experience of dictatorships, authoritarianism, strong modernizing states, rebellious civil societies and transitions to and from…

conference Precarious Constitutionalism

Internationale Konferenz: 1989 und die Zukunft Europas

Ambivalenzen und Herausforderungen demokratischer Transformation in Mittel- und Osteuropa

05. - 07. July 2023
Venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Ausrichter: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (Joachim von Puttkamer, Irina Scherbakowa, Volkhard Knigge)
Die Konferenz wird gefördert aus Mitteln des Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Ostdeutschland.

MITTWOCH // 05. JULI 2023
14:00 // Ankunft & Registrierung

Staatsminister Carsten Schneider
Einführung in die Tagung (J. v. Puttkamer)

Das Podium diskutiert die normativen Voraussetzungen zukunftsgerichteter…

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…

Intellectual History & Public Engagement

Intellectual History in East Central Europa Summer Workshop

18. - 21. July 2022
Venue: University Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3, seminar room 274

The workshop asks how intellectual history can speak to key social issues today, meaning it has to address the public, and how it can articulate its claims beyond academia.

How does intellectual history contribute to emerging discussions about social welfare in Europe, and women’s role in it? How does it add to an understanding of the state socialist and postsocialist past of the region to reframe the discussion about memory politics and transitional justice? Why does intellectual history…

Eastern Europe's 20th Century Today

Annual Conference of the Imre Kertész Kolleg

15. - 17. June 2022
Venue: Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27, Jena
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg

The Imre Kertész Kolleg will hold annual conference 2022 to mark the end of its government-funded fellowship programme. Over the years, the Kolleg has hosted more than 170 scholars, researching a vast range of topics in the field of Central and East European studies. We take the occasion to discuss not only what has been achieved so far but also and foremost to outline current perspectives, challenges and research trends in the relevant disciplines.

We asked leading scholars in their field to…

Workshop: Eastern Europe Postcolonial - New Approaches to an Ongoing Debate

A Venue in Honour of Włodzimierz Borodziej (1956-2021)

20. May 2022 - 09:30
Venue: Conference Centre, “Altes Schloß” Dornburg
Organizer: The Max Weber Foundation, Imre Kertész Kolleg

Postcolonial perspectives have become increasingly relevant in the discussion of Central and Eastern European history, offering both challenges and opportunities alike on various themes. The workshop “Eastern Europe Postcolonial: New Approaches to an Ongoing Debate”, organized by the Imre Kertész Kolleg in cooperation with the Max Weber Foundation, explores in three roundtables the impact that postcolonial theory might have on discussing issues such as cultural hegemonies, economic imbalances…

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Online- Symposium "The Long Shadow of War and Genocide in Belarus" (in German and Belarussian)

10. - 11. March 2022
Venue: online event
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Belarussian below

Der lange Schatten von Krieg und Genozid in Belarus: Das Nachwirken deutscher Gewaltherrschaft in der westlichen Sowjetunion

Im Fokus des Symposiums stehen Studien zur Erfahrung deutscher Besatzungsgewalt und des Zweiten Weltkrieges in der besetzten Sowjetunion, insbesondere in der Belarusischen Sozialistischen Sowjetrepublik. In mehreren Panels diskutieren die Teilnehmer:innen die unterschiedliche Gewalt- und Genoziderfahrung auf dem heutigen Gebiet der Republik Belarus…

Workshop: Stalinism and the Struggle for Social Control: 1929 to 1956

joint workshop of the Chair for Eastern European History at the University of Jena, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Wayne State University and the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena

03. - 04. June 2021
Venue: Zoom

To register, please write an e-mail to

This workshop builds on, and challenges, the scholarship on the response to social disorder under Stalin by examining social control more broadly. Police purges were a massive response to social disorder, yet the question of social control was not limited to the police. In the same decade of the purges, courts and prosecutors were processing millions of cases. From a law criminalizing abortion to passport regulations, criminal…

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…

Workshop: Reconfiguring History Beyond Disciplinarity

Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Fields and their Approaches towards History

16. - 17. April 2021
Venue: Zoom
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, University of Warsaw

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, if you would like to participate, please register here. After your registration, you will receive a confirmation email (within 24 hours) containing information on how to join the meeting.

Cross-disciplinary research fields have been flourishing in the humanities, transgressing disciplinary boundaries in their scholarly interests and practice. This development impacted the scope of interdisciplinarity, transforming it from a marginal into an everyday…

Conference "Space in Holocaust Research"

Conference Committee: Janine Fubel (Berlin), Alexandra Klei (Berlin/Hamburg), Katrin Stoll (Imre Kertész Kolleg), Annika Wienert (Bonn/Warszawa)

23. - 26. March 2020
Venue: Universität Hamburg, “Pferdestall”, Allende-Platz 1

'Space in Holocaust Research' is the first conference in Germany to examine space as a central category of Holocaust research from a theoretical and methodological perspective. The organizers seek to combine inter- and transdisciplinary discussions of a spatial turn in the humanities with recent research on the Holocaust and its legacy. The paradigm of space will allow for cross-disciplinary discussions on central issues of Holocaust research and for a prolific integration of new approaches. The…

Workshop “Hidden Figures”: The United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Codification of International Criminal Law

This workshop is part of the research project "Tribunale. Kriegsverbrechenprozesse im sozialistischen Jugoslawien", which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungemeinschaft (DFG).

20. - 21. February 2020
Venue: Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg

organized by Dr Sabina Ferhadbegović (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena); in cooperation with Professor Kerstin von Lingen, University of Vienna & Dr Julia Eichenberg, Humboldt University Berlin

“Crimes against peace” and “crimes against humanity” are undoubtedly two elements of crime, which have acquired enormous resonance in the legal and moral discussions in the aftermath of the WWII. They are often associated with the International Military Tribunal and the person of the American chief prosecutor at…

Societies under German Occupation during the Second World War: Housing, Leisure and Everyday Life

Besatzungsgesellschaften im Europa des Zweiten Weltkriegs: Wohnen, Freizeit, Alltag

17. - 18. October 2019
Venue: Rosensäle der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Fürstengraben 27

This is a joint conference between the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the University of Jena, the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism at Dresden University, and the Chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Wuppertal. The organizers thank the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the generous funding of the conference.

During the Second World War, between northern Norway and the Greek islands in the Mediterranean, and between the French Atlantic coast and territories…

Workshop: Remembering 1989: Actors, Approaches and Audiences

04. October 2019 - 11:00
Venue: seminar room, Am Planetarium 7, 07743 Jena
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg

The years 2019 will see a plethora of public events across the former Eastern bloc countries that commemorate the end of communism and the establishment of open, democratic regimes. Previously dominant collectivist narratives are slowly giving way to a more varied and complex picture of the social and cultural changes that occurred during and after the peaceful revolutions. Moreover, new generations of artists, writers, theater and film directors as well as public historians and curators have…

Annual Conference 2019

Fearing for the Nation: Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

13. - 14. June 2019
Venue: Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Research in biopolitics has become a multifaceted academic field in social sciences and the humanities. It is utilized in a variety of disciplines to describe and analyze the evolution and transformation of modern power rationalities. A Foucauldian approach initiated by its creator in order to theorize liberalism as a practice of government, its main focus is biopolitical technologies of governance, in other words technologies and techniques which govern human, social, and biological processes.

Workshop: Transnational Dimensions of Dealing with the Past in ‘Third Wave’ Democracies

Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Global Perspective

01. - 02. April 2019
Venue: Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg

Organizers: Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Institut Universitaire de France, Imre Kertész Kolleg

The scholarship on reckoning with the past after the “third wave of democratisation” has generally provided analysis of national case studies or comparative accounts of countries seen as discrete units, disconnected from transnational or international developments. This approach has overlooked the impact of globalization of memory cultures on national settings as well as the…

The Imre Kertész Kolleg at the 2018 ASEEES Convention in Boston

ASEEES Convention Theme: "Performance"

06. - 09. December 2018
Venue: Boston Marriott, Boston, MA
Organizer: ASEEES

The Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies’ 2018 Convention will be held in Boston, MA from 06 – 09 December under the topic “Performance”. The Imre Kertész Kolleg is very proud to be a part of this.

We are present with our directors Professor Joachim von Puttkamer and Dr Michal Kopecek, as well as our research associates Dr Juliane Tomann and Dr Jochen Böhler in various panels and discussion. A vast number of current and former fellows will also be at the ASEEES convention,…

The Imre Kertész Kolleg at the 52nd Biennial Meeting of German Historians in Münster

25. - 28. September 2018
Venue: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster

From 25 - 28 September the 52nd Biennial Meeting of German Historians takes place in Münster. The overall theme of the 2018 meeting is "Divided Societies" and the Imre Kertész Kolleg is proud to be a part of this.

Our director Joachim von Puttkamer and our colleague Juliane Tomann represent that Kolleg at the Historikertag. Their session both take place on Friday, 28 September from 14:00 - 16:00.

Joachim von Puttkamer chairs the joint session on "Who Protects the Truth? Nationalism and the…

Titel des 52. Deutschen Historikertags in Münster

Workshop: Commodification of History

The Past as Source of Entertainment and Commerce

14. - 15. September 2018
Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Poupetova 1, Prague 7
Organizer: Imre Kertész Kolleg, USTR Prague

In a globalizing world, references to the past as a way of identity formation have become more and more important. Even though the “production” of history is the major field of academic historiography, the past is addressed in many popular contexts that are consumed and appropriated by immense numbers of people. Though the forms in which history is brought to life differ widely, most of them have one feature in common: they promise the distribution of knowledge via entertainment and this is what…

Annual Conference 2018

Revolution from Within. Experts, Managers and Technocrats in the Long Transformation of 1989

14. - 15. June 2018
Venue: Rosensäle, Fridrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Fürstengraben 12, 07743 Jena

"The expression of truth is losing its ethical impact and becoming no more than a historical fact that arouses interest but not enthusiasm. And the experts are better informed and are able to quote facts more accurately than the dissidents" wrote Jiřina Šiklová, a Czech dissident sociologist, in January 1990. Already a few months earlier she had predicted that it would be the professionals and experts from the „grey zone“ between official Party structures and dissident circles, who would…

Demokratieverachtung: Autoritäre Dynamiken in der Zwischenkriegszeit und in der Gegenwart

Ein Symposion des Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und des Imre Kertész Kollegs Jena

25. - 27. January 2018
Venue: Rosensäle der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Fürstengraben 27, Jena

Europa und die USA sehen sich seit einiger Zeit mit Nationalismus und Rechtspopulismus konfrontiert. Diese Wiederkehr autoritärer Sehnsüchte lenkt den Blick fast zwangsläufig zurück in die Zwischenkriegszeit, in der die repräsentative Demokratie ihre bis dato größte Krise erlebte - und nicht nur in Deutschland scheiterte.
Ausgehend von der nationalsozialistischen "Machtergreifung" soll die Geschichte autoritärer Bewegungen und Regime in der Zeit nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg neu beleuchtet werden.…

Plakat Workshop Demokratieverachtung

The Ukrainian Experiment: State-Building in Practices (1917-1922)

Workshop of LabEx-EHNE Paris, the GHI in Paris and the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

11. - 12. December 2017
Venue: Institut historique allemand /8, rue du Parc-Royal/ 75003 Paris

The Ukrainian experiment between 1917 and 1922 is a paramount example of state-building in practices under the conditions of war and civil war. It produced a variety of ephemeral state structures: an « All-Ukrainian » Central Council ( Rada), a People’s Republic, a People’s Republi cof Soviets, a Ukrainian Puppet State (Hetmanate) at the mercy of the Central Powers, and a Ukrainian government-in-exile in Paris. In the end, Warsaw and Moscow bluntly divided Ukraine between them, incorporating the…

workshop poster The Ukrainian Experiment

Annual Conference 2017

Eastern Europe Facing the Shoah - A History of Engagement, 1941 - 2016

08. - 09. June 2017
Venue: Rosensäle of the Friedrich Schiller University

Conceived and implemented by Germans, the Shoah took place in occupied Central and Eastern Europe. During and after the war, the daunting task for all German occupied countries was to engage with what the Germans had set in motion and were implementing. In recent years, public debate on these complex issues has been increasingly polarized: histories of participation have been juxtaposed with histories of saving Jews and both have been regarded as statements on national character. Engagement with…

Workshop: Stepping Back in Time. Living History and other Performative Approaches to History in East-Central and Southeastern Europe

The workshop is organised in cooperation with the German Historical Institute Warsaw (Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau/ DHI).

23. - 24. February 2017
Venue: German Historical Institute Warsaw

Action, experience and emotion are the focus when it comes to performativity. In cultural studies, the performative turn has shifted the focus away from texts and structures to inquiries into actions performed and the bodily experiences involved in creating collective meaning. In the field of history terms such as “living history,” “doing history” and "reenactment” have been established to characterize the experiential component of various practices of reviving, restaging and appropriating…

Workshop: Heritage Studies and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives on Heritage in Eastern and Central Europe

organised by Dr Eszter Gantner, Corinne Geering M.A., Dr Paul Vickers

23. - 25. November 2016
Venue: GCSC, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35392 Giessen

The Allure of Totalitarianism. The Roots, Meanings, and Political Cycles of a Concept in Central and Eastern Europe

International Conference and Workshop Jena, 6–8 October 2016

06. - 08. October 2016

venue: “Internationales Centrum ‚Haus auf der Mauer‘“, lecture room, Johannisplatz 26, Jena

The term ‘totalitarianism’ has experienced a remarkable comeback in political, historical, and social science discourses of the last half century. Having served as a key concept in the dissident critique of state socialist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, the term took on new life after 1989, losing its associations with the opposition and becoming widespread in the media…

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"Denkmalschutz im Staatssozialismus"

29. - 30. June 2016
Venue: Castle Weesenstein, Saxony

Das Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, die Stiftung Ettersberg, die Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen gGmbH und die Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten führen vom 29. Juni bis zum 30. Juni 2016 eine gemeinsame Tagung durch, die erstmals Grundlagen der Geschichte des Denkmalschutzes und des Umgangs mit historischen Baudenkmälern im Staatssozialismus nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg in europäischer Perspektive beleuchten wird. Die Rolle und Funktion von historischen Baudenkmälern im Sozialismus…

Annual Conference 2016

People(s) on the Move. Refugees and Immigration Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe During the 20th Century

09. - 10. June 2016
Venue: Rosensäle of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

At the end of the 20th century, societies in Central and Eastern Europe tend to conceive of themselves as ethnically homogeneous and ethnic diversity to be addressed as a question of national minorities. Whereas historical research has addressed the issues of forced migration, overseas emigration and political exile, the experiences of immigration and of coping with large numbers of refugees and its potential challenge to notions of national homogeneity have received little attention. The…

Workshop: Transforming the Museum. An Exploration

During the last decades, the role of the museum has changed substantially. Former displays of objects and pictures are challenged by alternative ways of representing and staging the past.

27. - 28. May 2016
Venue: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

The use of media and visitor participation challenges the educational aspect that museums once offered. Conveying historical knowledge and stimulating a cognitive process of perception are being replaced by a more emotional museum experience: instead of dealing with historical facts, museums have become 'historical theme parks'. The central aim of the workshop is to discuss these developments on its historical backgrounds and develop further perspectives on roles and functions/ways of…

Gegen unseren Willen?

Ost- und Südosteuropäer in der Waffen-SS – Kulturelle Aspekte und Historischer Kontext

04. - 05. December 2015
Venue: Rosensäle der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Fürstengraben 27, Jena

gefördert durch die Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Mehrere internationale Konferenzen in den letzten zwei Jahren machen deutlich, dass die Desiderate in der Geschichte der Waffen-SS – insbesondere in Bezug auf den Krieg im Osten – mitnichten alle erforscht sind. Im Gegenteil: 70 Jahre nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges steht angesichts immer neuer Konflikte in Ost- und Südosteuropa eine Dringlichkeit im Raum, die Erforschung der Waffen- SS gerade in diesen Regionen voranzutreiben. Bei der Konferenz in…

Neue Forschungen zur Geschichte der Perestrojka

Veranstalter: Imre Kertész Kolleg und der Lehrstuhl für Osteuropäische Geschichte der Universität Jena

15. - 16. October 2015
Venue: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Imre Kertész Kolleg, Am Planetarium 7, 07743 Jena

Die Geschichte der Perestrojka ist neu und wird - wohl aus dem Grund - gerne am Stück und vom Ende her erzählt. ´Perestrojka´ und ´Untergang der Sowjetunion´ erscheinen oft in nur einem Satz. Dagegen gibt es einen großen Bedarf an Forschungen, die die Umgestaltung in der UdSSR zwischen 1985 und 1991 als Geschichte vielfältiger einzelner Prozesse und verflochtener Dynamiken mit unvorhergesehenem, ungeplantem oder auch anders gedachtem Ausgang analysieren.
Mit Schwerpunkt auf den inneren…

Beyond Defeat and Victory

Physical Violence and the Reconstitution of East-Central Europe, 1914–1923

17. - 19. September 2015
Venue: Austrian Cultural Forum, Jungmannovo nám. 18, Praha 1; Vila Lanna, V Sadech 1, Praha 6

Violence during and in the immediate aftermath of the First World War is a frequent research topic pursued in various contexts and within the framework of different methodological approaches. However, culturally inspired analyses as well as expansions of the horizon beyond the boundaries of a particular nation-state have been rare. Moreover, almost all the existing scholarship focuses on those states in East-Central Europe that emerged from the wartime collapse as defeated. The other side of the…

Annual Conference 2015

Into the Open. 1990 – The First Year of Transition

11. - 12. June 2015
Venue: Rosensäle of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

The conference aims to explore the manifold aspects and reactions to a world in rapid transition. Case studies from the fields of politics, economics, intellectual currents and everyday life will discuss the attempts to cope with unexpected challenges and to shape events. Rather than continuing the ongoing debate on why communism failed and rather than taking the ensuing attempts at democracy for granted, the conference aims to develop an historical approach to the foundations of our…

Revolution und Krieg

Die Ukraine in den großen Transformationen des neuzeitlichen Europa

28. - 29. May 2015
Venue: Tagungswerk Jerusalemkirche, Lindenstraße 85, 10959 Berlin

Eine der wichtigsten Aufgaben der Historiografie der Ukraine heute, ist die Verortung ihrer Geschichte in transnationalen Bezügen. Dazu leistet die international hochkarätig besetzte Konferenz „Revolution und Krieg. Die Ukraine in den großen Transformationen des neuzeitlichen Europa“ einen Beitrag. In vier Sektionen setzen sich Historikerinnen und Historiker mit der ukrainischen Geschichte im Rahmen europäischer Transformationsprozesse vom 17. Jahrhundert bis in das 20. Jahrhundert auseinander.…

Symposium: Der Antikommunismus in seiner Epoche

Weltanschauung, Bewegung, regierende Partei

13. - 15. November 2014
Venue: Rosensäle der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Fürstengraben 27, Jena
Organizer: Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Wie der Kommunismus zählt auch der Antikommunismus zu den politisch-ideologischen Großphänomenen, die das 20. Jahrhundert prägten. Die Forschung hat bislang vor allem antikommunistische Organisationen in den Blick genommen, zumeist mit Fokus auf der Zwischenkriegszeit oder auf dem Kalten Krieg. Im Zentrum unseres Interesses steht nicht so sehr die Vielfalt antikommunistischer Zusammenschlüsse, sondern vielmehr die Frage, warum antikommunistische Ideologien und Ideologen über Jahrzehnte hinweg…

Bild Symposium 'Der Antikommunismus in seiner Epoche"

Conference: Collective vs Collected Memories

1989-91 from an Oral History Perspective

06. - 08. November 2014
Venue: University of Warsaw Library, Dobra 56/66 street, room 316

The fourth conference from the "Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe" series organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is dedicated to the memory of 1989-91 in post-socialist countries. During three days, dozens of historians, sociologists and anthropologists from more than twenty countries will exchange views on what unites and what divides the memories of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. The participants of the conference will discuss the dominant…

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Conference - Alternative Encounters

The ‘Second World’ and the ‘Global South’, 1945-1991

03. - 04. November 2014
Venue: Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena

In collaboration, the Imre Kertész Kolleg (University of Jena), the Centre for Area Studies (University of Leipzig), and the Centre of Imperial and Global History (University of Exeter) will hold a conference on 'alternative encounters' in the post-war period. As decolonization accelerated, new linkages opened up and existing ties were remade between the so-called ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the German Democratic Republic) and the ‘Global South’ (from Latin America to Africa to…

Conference Alternative Encounters: The 'Second World' and the 'Global South' 1945 - 1991

Annual Conference 2014

State Repression in Socialist Central and Eastern Europe. Comparative Approaches

12. - 13. June 2014
Venue: University of Warsaw and Dom Spotkań z Historią, Warsaw

The conference assembles international experts and discusses forms of political repression, oppression and surveillance in the countries of the former Warsaw Pact. The focus is on comparing local and systemic features of state repression, its dimensions and intensity across Central and Eastern Europe and on state repression as social practice. In cooperation with the Historical Institute of Warsaw University and the History Meeting House (DSH), the Kolleg is delighted to present Borys Lankosz,…

Conference: Himmler’s Supranational Militia

Indigenous Participation in SS- and Police Units during the Second World War

28. - 30. May 2014
Venue: Toruń University

The existing literature on non-German volunteers in the Waffen-SS and police formations in occupied Europe is highly uneven, both in terms of quality and geographical coverage. While non-German soldiers fighting alongside the Wehrmacht have received some scholarly attention, even the more academically sound publications on the Waffen-SS of recent years have tended to prioritize a national or German-centric perspective over transnational, cultural history approaches. Our international conference…

Workshop "Exhibiting Violence"

The workshop in Lille and Péronne aims to reflect on history and its role in current theoretical debates focusing on the question of a new sensitivity of exhibiting and viewing objects of war and violence in historical museums in Western and East Central Europe.

28. February - 01. March 2014
Venue: Goethe Institute Lille & Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne

During the twentieth century, large parts of Europe have been affected by war, violence and oppression. The First World War marked the beginning of a new form of representing war and violence in museums, including the sufferings of civilians. Experiences of total destruction and widespread death brought on debates about how to exhibit these existential experiences.
The central aim of the workshop is to discuss the origins of presenting violence and war in museums both in Western and East Central…

Workshop Exhibiting Violence

Postwar Decolonization and Its Impact in Europe

This conference is a collaboration between the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig, the Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena, and the Centre for Imperial and Global History, University of Exeter.

02. - 03. December 2013
Venue: University of Exeter

The unravelling of European empires was foundational to the making of the modern world. An old imperial order was swept away, and a new age of nation states rapidly replaced it. Whilst decolonisation played a fundamental role in the shaping of post-war world, its repercussions for Europe itself, and its legacies in a host of political, social and cultural spheres, are still relatively little examined. This conference will examine how the global dynamics of decolonisation had an impact not only…

Logos cooperation partners workshop 'Postwar Decolonization'

Annual Conference 2013

Catastrophe and Utopia Central and Eastern European Intellectual Horizons 1933 to 1958

13. - 15. June 2013
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences Széchenyi István tér 9, 1051 Budapest

The conference Catastrophe and Utopia will study the historical experiences, intellectual agendas, sustained reflections and utopian visions of Central and Eastern European intellectuals in the years between 1933 and 1958. Central and Eastern Europe was the central stage of the most catastrophic events during this quarter of a century, experiencing the rise and spread of Nazism, the Second World War and the Holocaust as well as the establishment of Stalinist regimes, political terror and extreme…

Globalität im Reflexionsraum der Käte Hamburger Kollegs

Die Käte Hamburger Kollegs, zu denen auch das Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena zählt, finden sich zu einer erstmalig gemeinsamen Tagung in Bonn zusammen. Das Thema „Globalität“ bezieht sich auf die damit verbundenen Herausforderungen in der Geisteswissenschaft.

25. - 26. April 2013
Venue: Max-Weber-Vortragsraum des Käte Hamburger Kollegs „Recht als Kultur“, Bonn

Globalität scheint heute alle Kulturen und gesellschaftlichen Sphären zu durchdringen und wird weitgehend unabhängig von theoretischen Präferenzen in zahlreichen Disziplinen, bei politischen Akteuren und in allen Regionen der Welt als Faktum akzeptiert und auf je eigene Weise adaptiert. Für viele Wissenschaften stellt sie eine Quelle neuer Forschungs- und Deutungsperspektiven dar, aber zugleich eine enorme Herausforderung, die es zu bewältigen gilt, und zwar begrifflich, theoretisch und…

Konferenzplakat 'Globalität im Reflexionsraum der Käte Hamburger Kollegs'

Loopholes in the Iron Curtain

Economic Contacts between Eastern and Western Europe since the 1970s

18. - 19. April 2013
Venue: Department of East European History, Seminar Room, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3, A-1090 Vienna

The history of the Cold War has been, as the name suggests, predominantly narrated as a history of conflicts, confrontation, and competition. At the same time, the economic relations between Eastern and Western Europe since the 1970s tell a different story: The contacts and cooperation between companies and individuals in East and West developed dynamically throughout the late Cold War period.
While the trade relations with the “Eastern Bloc” were of secondary importance for the West European…

Poster Workshop Loopholes in the Iron Curtain

Fachtagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO)

Religion Kirchen und Staatsgewalt in Mittel- und Osteuropa

06. - 07. December 2012
Venue: Europäische Akademie Berlin, Bismarckallee 46/48, 14193 Berlin

Diese Tagung thematisiert die Beziehung zwischen Kirchen und Staatsgewalt in Mittel- und Osteuropa. Damit ist ein Doppeltes gemeint: Zum einen die staatliche Gewalt, die gegen Kirchen ausgeübt wurde, seit sozialistische Regime an die Macht kamen; in der Regel zunächst blutige Verfolgung und Unterdrückung, dann die Entwicklung eines modus vivendi, der in den verschiedenen Staaten ganz unterschiedlich war. Zum anderen ist die staatliche Macht gemeint; hier ist wiederum zu unterscheiden zwischen…

Workshop: From Reconstructing to Reviving the Past?

Trends and Developments in Exhibiting 20th Century History

04. - 05. October 2012
Venue: Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Rynek Główny 25, 31-008 Kraków

In cooperation with the Museum Fabryka Schindlera in Cracow (Hosting Museum)

The central aim of the first workshop in Cracow is to reconstruct and to discuss fundamental developments in historical museums and the presentation of history in exhibitions both in Western and East Central Europe. Our underlying assumption is that there are more things in common than would be visible at first glance. The challenge to rescue exhibitions and museums from their existence as temples of the fine arts or…

Toward a New Moral World Order

Menschenrechtspolitik und Völkerrecht seit 1945

Ein Symposium des Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und des Imre Kertész Kollgs Jena

28. - 30. June 2012
Venue: Altes Schloss Dornburg bei Jena

Lange Zeit beschränkte sich das Interessen der Historiker am Thema Menschenrechte auf ideengeschichtliche Aspekte. Seit kurzem aber mehren sich empirische Studien über die Rolle internationaler Organisationen, die Herausbildung globaler Menschenrechtsdiskurse und die Interventionen zivilgesellschaftlicher Akteure. Und inzwischen ist die Frage nach einem historisch tragfähigen Begriff von den Menschenrechten ebenso umstritten wie die nach ihrer Genese und Periodisierung: war mit dem Aufkommen des…

Annual Conference 2012

in cooperation with the Charles University Prague

16. - 15. June 2012
Venue: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Národní 3 117 20 Praha 1

The aim of the conference is to analyze the relationship between modernization, communication and integration. We want to discuss different aspects of these phenomena in four chronologically structured sections (before 1914, 1918-1939, 1945-1989 and after 1989). The subject of our analysis is Central and Eastern Europe including the western part of Russia. The conference will focus on important changes and key developments in everyday life of four generations. These changes will be discussed in…

Workshop: East Central Europe in the 20th Century

Roundtable on the State of the Art of Historical Studies

11. - 12. May 2012
Venue: Central European University Budapest

In cooperation with Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies at the Central European University

East Central Europe in the 20th Century. Roundtable on the State of the Art of Historical Studies is meant to serve two interrelated purposes. First, it is called to foster reflection and dialogue on the state of the art and potential future direction of historical research dealing with East Central Europe in the 20th century. Therefore, a number of scholars with substantial contributions to the…

Workshop: Legacies of Violence

Eastern Europe´s First World War

13. - 14. April 2012
Venue: Villa Rosenthal, Mälzerstraße 11// 07743 Jena

The workshop is dedicated to Eastern and Central Eastern Europe as a region and the First World War as central event, including its immediate preludes and aftermaths. Within that framework, it focuses on the tradition of violent rule, behavior and thought.

Section One (A World in Transition) discusses the impact of the reign and the downfall of Empires on the one hand, the rise of national movements on the other hand on the formation of regional and trans-regional conflicts. Section Two…

Workshop: Approaches to Postmodernity from the East

The Generation of Zygmunt Bauman and Ágnes Heller

20. - 22. October 2011
Venue: Rosensäle der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Fürstengraben 27

Gemeinsam mit der ungarischen Philosophin Ágnes Heller und dem polnischen Soziologen Zygmunt Bauman begibt sich der von Lutz Niethammer initiierte und konzipierte Workshop an drei Tagen auf die Suche nach einer Generation, deren genuin osteuropäische Erfahrungen zu einem eigenen Weg postmodernen Denkens geführt haben.
Die Grundfrage nach dem Verhältnis von erfahrungsgeschichtlichen Voraussetzungen und philosophischem und sozialtheoretischem Denken will der Workshop anhand biographischer…

Opening conference 2011

Europe’s East in the 20th Century. Cultural-historical Challenges for the Present

08. - 09. July 2011
Venue: Rosensäel of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

The Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena held its first official conference on 08 & 09 July, 2011.Adam Michnik was the keynote speaker, introducing the public to the topic with his speech on the heritage of dictatorships. On the second day Jiří Menzel opened the conference with a presentation on East Central European filmmaking with special emphasis on ironic approaches towards the 20th century.



Workshop: Visualisierung des Umnruchs

Eine Kooperationsveranstaltung zwischen dem Imre Kertész Kolleg und dem DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412 "Kulturelle Orientierungen und Gesellschaftliches Ordnungsstrukturen in Südosteuropa"

02. - 03. June 2011
Venue: Vertretung des Freistaates Thüringen beim Bund Mohrenstraße 64, 10117 Berlin

Mehr als zwei Jahrzehnte sind seit dem politischen Umbruch im Jahre 1989 vergangen, der das Ende der kommunistischen Herrschaft im östlichen Europa bedeutete. Anlässlich des Jubiläums im Jahr 2009 wurden die jeweiligen nationalen wie auch die internationale Öffentlichkeit auf unterschiedliche Art und Weise mit den Ereignissen von 1989 durch eine wahre Flut an Bildern aus der Umbruchzeit konfrontiert, wie z.B. zum Fall der Berliner Mauer. Diese Reaktivierungen der geschichtlichen Ereignisse über…