Research objectives of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

1. To uncouple historical events in Eastern Europe from their nation-state constitution and research them from a comparative perspective.
The Kolleg researches historical events in Eastern Europe from a comparative perspective. Transfer and integration are among the research approaches used in analyzing extended lines of development of nation-state orders. The diverse challenges presently facing the nation-state, which is often viewed as self-evident, are also examined.
2. Innovative impulses for further research are anticipated from the comparative view of the varied findings in concrete areas of research.
By examining and comparing concrete research areas, the Kolleg expects innovative impulses for research on Eastern European history. This applies in particular to issues of dictatorships and repression, as well as political and social upheaval in the twentieth century. Also relevant is the question as to how these experiences and their repercussions in the present day are dealt with culturally and intellectually.
3. The Kolleg is an institute for advanced scholarly discourse and exchange.
The Kolleg is an institute for international discourse among established as well as younger contemporary historians and researchers of related disciplines. The Kolleg will thus serve as a think tank, enabling experimentation with new research approaches and issues, and promoting critical discussion among the fellows.
Another objective of the work of the Kolleg is to establish a reflective and well-grounded discourse with actors at institutions of historical culture in Eastern Europe on topical questions related to memory culture, historical culture, and concepts of the didactics of history.
The Kolleg will publicize its research findings through an innovative four-tome publication offering a survey of the history of Eastern Europe in the twentieth century, a monograph series, and its Internet portal.