Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Publications of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

The monograph series Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, published by De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg, holds collected volumes emanating from Kolleg conferences and workshops, as well as monographic studies by staff and affiliated researchers. 

The four-volume series The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century summarizes the current state in core research fields from the perspective of internationally renowned scholars. Each volume is devoted to one of the Kolleg’s central research areas: Challenges of Modernity,Statehood, Intellectual Horizons and War, Violence and Oppression

Cultures of History Forum
The Cultures of History Forum is an online platform for actors and researchers in the areas of public history and memory politics to publish critical analyses and reflections about ongoing debates, museum exhibitions or public policy relating to the history of the twentieth century in the countries of the region of Central Southeastern and Eastern Europe.

Staff Publications

Fellow Publications


Kolleg Publications

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe

Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Joachim von Puttkamer, Immo Rebitschek (Eds.)

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Fearing for the Nation

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN 9780367751234
forthcoming October 2022
320 pages, 5 b/w illustrations

The cataclysms of imperial collapse, World War(s) and the Holocaust but also the rise of state socialism after 1945 provided extraordinary and distinct conditions for the governing of life and death. The volume collects the latest research and empirical studies from the region to showcase the diversity of biopolitical regimes in their regional and global context – from hunger relief for Hungarian children after World War I to abortion legislation in communist Poland. It underlines the similarities as well, demonstrating how biopolitical strategies in this area often revolved around the notion of an endangered nation; and how ideological schemes and post-imperial experiences in Eastern Europe further complicate a "western" understanding of democratic participatory and authoritarian repressive biopolitics.

The new geographical focus invites scholars and students of social and human sciences to reconsider established perspectives on the history of population management and the history of Europe.


Fellow Publications

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe

Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Joachim von Puttkamer, Immo Rebitschek (Eds.)

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Fearing for the Nation

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN 9780367751234
forthcoming October 2022
320 pages, 5 b/w illustrations

The cataclysms of imperial collapse, World War(s) and the Holocaust but also the rise of state socialism after 1945 provided extraordinary and distinct conditions for the governing of life and death. The volume collects the latest research and empirical studies from the region to showcase the diversity of biopolitical regimes in their regional and global context – from hunger relief for Hungarian children after World War I to abortion legislation in communist Poland. It underlines the similarities as well, demonstrating how biopolitical strategies in this area often revolved around the notion of an endangered nation; and how ideological schemes and post-imperial experiences in Eastern Europe further complicate a "western" understanding of democratic participatory and authoritarian repressive biopolitics.

The new geographical focus invites scholars and students of social and human sciences to reconsider established perspectives on the history of population management and the history of Europe.


Staff Publications

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe

Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Joachim von Puttkamer, Immo Rebitschek (Eds.)

Biopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

Fearing for the Nation

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN 9780367751234
forthcoming October 2022
320 pages, 5 b/w illustrations

The cataclysms of imperial collapse, World War(s) and the Holocaust but also the rise of state socialism after 1945 provided extraordinary and distinct conditions for the governing of life and death. The volume collects the latest research and empirical studies from the region to showcase the diversity of biopolitical regimes in their regional and global context – from hunger relief for Hungarian children after World War I to abortion legislation in communist Poland. It underlines the similarities as well, demonstrating how biopolitical strategies in this area often revolved around the notion of an endangered nation; and how ideological schemes and post-imperial experiences in Eastern Europe further complicate a "western" understanding of democratic participatory and authoritarian repressive biopolitics.

The new geographical focus invites scholars and students of social and human sciences to reconsider established perspectives on the history of population management and the history of Europe.