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The LMU has a rich history of engaging with the states and societies of Eastern Europe. The Institute of East and Southeast European History (Abteilung für Geschichte Osteuropas und Südosteuropas) explores the fascinating and turbulent past of this region. Our faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and visiting scholars cover a wide range of regional, thematic and chronological topics, including, for instance, the history of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, the religious history of East Central Europe, and ethnic conflicts in the Balkans.

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies


The Graduate School explores the political, cultural and social dimensions of historical change in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Particular attention is given to the entanglement of this region with other areas of the world. In addition to the core subjects of history and Slavic studies, several other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are incorporated into the curriculum. The Graduate School is a joint programme by LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg, drawing on their combined expertise. Seven extramural institutions with relevant expertise in studying East and Southeast Europe do also take part.

Doctoral Programme – “Poland and Germany in Modern Europe”


The doctoral programme “Poland and Germany in Modern Europe” is a research cooperation initiative between LMU Munich and the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies (WBZ) at the University of Wrocław. It supports research projects with a focus on German and Polish history, culture and politics. The programme is dedicated to the study of bilateral relations between Germany and Poland within the European context of their past and present. Doctoral candidates participating in the programme profit from the excellent opportunity to work on their thesis in an international and interdisciplinary environment.

Elite Graduate Programme for East European Studies


The Honours Master’s program for East European Studies aims at building up regional expertise on East Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. The programme is run jointly by LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg. Each university offers a different combination of courses. At LMU Munich, the programme is hosted by the Institute of East and Southeast European History. It emphasizes interdisciplinary study, and students may choose between specialising in East and South East European history, Slavic language and literature, political science, European ethnology, Jewish, and Turkish and Ottoman studies. The programme is research-oriented and thus part of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

Collegium Carolinum


The Collegium Carolinum (CC) is a research institute dedicated to the history and culture of Czechia and Slovakia. It conducts interdisciplinary research focusing on aspects of the region’s multi-ethnicity and on transnational relations within the wider area of East Central Europe. The Collegium Carolinum’s research library houses Germany’s largest collection of specialist publications on Czechia and Slovakia. Associated with LMU Munich, the CC collaborates closely with the Institute of East and Southeast European History.

Institute for German Culture and History in South Eastern Europe


The Institute for German Culture and History in South Eastern Europe (IKGS) at LMU Munich explores the history of the polyethnic regions of East Central and South Eastern Europe. In cooperation with partner universities in many countries, the IKGS advances national and international research through projects, academic events, and publications.