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Dr. Darina Volf

Dr. Darina Volf

Post-doctoral Researcher


Mail Adress:
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Historisches Seminar der LMU
Geschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Office Adress:
Schellingstraße 12, München

Room: K 433
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5441

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  • Ph.D. in History, LMU Munich (2016)
  • M.A. in Political Science, LMU Munich (2012)
  • Studies in Political Science, East European History and Slavic Studies in Munich (2007-2012)

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • History of Science and Technology
  • Cold War Studies
  • Cultural History
  • History of Socialism
  • Memory Studies



  • Über Riesen und Zwerge: Tschechoslowakische Amerika- und Sowjetunionbilder 1948-1989. Göttingen 2017 (= Schnittstellen: Studien zum östlichen und südöstlichen Europa 7).
  • The Search for the "Czechoslovak Model:" Abandoning the Soviet Path and pioneering Socialism for Highly Developed European Nations. In: Martin Schulze Wessel (ed.): The Prague Spring as a Laboratory. Göttingen 2019, 227-242.
  • Constructing New Friends and Enemies: Rewriting Czechoslovak History After the Communist Takeover. In: Stanislav Holubec/Agnieszka Mrozik (eds.): Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism. New York; London 2018 (= Routledge Studies in Cultural History).
  • Review on: Tomáš Hermann/Doubravka Olšáková (eds.): Plánování socialistické vědy. Dokumenty z roku 1960 ke stavu a rozvoji přírodních a technických věd v Československu. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas jgo.e-reviews, jgo.e-reviews 2017, 1, S. 36-37,
  • Reviews on: Jiří Křesťan: Případ Václava Talicha: k problému národní očisty a českého heroismu. In: Bohemia 57 (2017), 229-231.
  • Shifting Attitudes Toward the Second World War Commemorations in the Czech Republic. In: Cultures of History Forum, 01.03.2016, URL:

Current Research:

  • The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP): East-West Cooperation despite System Competition (1970s)
  • Subproject 1 within the DFG research group "Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences"

The successful docking maneuver of an Apollo and a Soyuz spaceship on July 17, 1975 was a historic event. The two space-faring nations, the USA and the USSR, completed their most ambitious cooperation project. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) raised many hopes and expectations, as it intended to establish a lasting scientific and technical cooperation and was considered a political symbol of the policy of détente. The project analyses the difficult negotiation processes, which preceded the cooperation. Firstly, it focuses on the actors, who, because of their various interests and motivation, intensified, negotiated, legitimised, questioned and hindered collaboration with the political opponent and the main competitor in science, technology and economy. Secondly, the project examines the actual arrangements of the cooperation, the involved actors’ perceptions and expectations as well as the epistemic effects of the ASTP. Thirdly, the images of the self and others, which were publicly disseminated in the course of the successful American-Soviet cooperation, are analysed and compared. A fourth aim of the project is to evaluate the conditions that enable the continuation of scientific cooperation. While some joint projects launched under the ASTP came to an end with the worsening of the political conditions in the second half of the 1970s, other cooperation initiatives have continued successfully (for instance in the field of space biology and medicine) despite the unfavorable political climate.