Courses and workshops are held in German (approx. 60%) and English (approx. 40%).
August (exact date varies)
The main area of our studies is the past and present of East and Southeast Europe. Particular emphasis is placed on the period since 1800 and the fundamental transformations that followed, which still influence the present in many ways.
Therefore, in our graduate school, historians, art historians, philologists, and social scientists work closely together.
We are interested in the specific characteristics of East and Southeast Europe, in the particularities of the countries, the societies, and the cultures of this region. In addition, we study the entanglements with other parts of the world. Pursuing the idea of integrated area studies, we collaborate with related disciplines (e.g., American, West European, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Ottoman studies). We support the claim that East and Southeast Europe cannot be understood in isolation; it can only be understood with its interrelations with other world regions.
Our research is interdisciplinary and focuses on three areas:
- basics and forms of social and political change
- cultural orders
- infrastructure, migration, and transfers of knowledge
Our courses give the doctoral students opportunities to enhance their theoretical and methodological knowledge, extend their research in their academic field and to exchange ideas with other academics. At the same time, the programme is designed to give enough time for individual, concentrated studies on the student's own dissertation project. Some of the general teaching events include theory and methodology seminars, colloquia, and the summer school.
The study groups are central to our doctoral programme. Like the Graduate School itself, these groups are interdisciplinary and focused around particular themes.
We encourage international exchange. Our doctoral students may spend two semesters researching abroad. In turn, international visiting fellows come to Munich and Regensburg to make use of our extensive academic facilities and to engage in academic dialogue.
Alongside the academic qualification, we have created a mentoring programme and continuously organise career workshops to help our students developing the necessary skills to build a successful career, both in academia and beyond.
Additional support is offered by the GraduateCenter.