Lectureship in the History of Eastern Europe

June Kharkiv Bahnhof Wandgemälde
Mural in the main waiting room of Kharkiv railway station. It depicts an idealised city with the celebrated monument to Taras Shevchenko and modern buildings in the background. The artist is unknown, as is the year of creation. The photo was taken in 2015.

The lectureship is dedicated to the multifaceted past and present of the eastern part of Europe, it focusses on Russia, Ukraine and the area of the former Soviet Union. It’s focus lies on women's and gender history, and research into the culture of memory in connection with the Soviet past. A special interest is the illumination of the research areas from the perspective of historical anthropology.

The lectureship maintains close cooperation with the Chair of Modern General and Eastern European History and the interdisciplinary programme in Eastern European Studies at the Universities of Bern and Fribourg.



PhD Students

Junior Assistant


  • History of Eastern Europe concentrating on Russia/the Soviet Union/Ukraine
  • Women's and gender history
  • Culture of memory
  • Historical anthropology