Professor Marie-Janine Calic

Curriculum Vitae


Marie-Janine Calic is Professor of Eastern and Southeastern European History at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She also holds a guest professorship at the College of Europe in Natolin. She was previously a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen and Berlin. On secondment from the SWP, she served as a political adviser to the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe in Brussels and for the UN Special Representative for the Former Yugoslavia in Zagreb. She is the editor of the journal Südosteuropa. She has published and lectured extensively about the Balkans and is a regular commentator on Balkan affairs for the media.


Research project at the Kolleg


This project explores Southeastern Europe's translocal, transnational, and global relationships in the modern age (18-20 century). It asks how the region was connected with the rest of the world, and how such connections were perceived and shaped within the region. The project focuses on political, economic, social and cultural interactions as well as regionally specific adaptations and the specific features of transnational phenomena. Particular attention is given to issues of cultural transfer (political ideas, concepts of statehood and nation), economic links, imperial projections, the experience of violence, migration as well as travel, communication, and knowledge transfers. In addition to overarching processes, the project casts light on the agents and supporters of transregional and global networks. 


Main areas of research


  • Southeastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • German and European Balkan politics
  • The Western Balkans and the EU



Positions and memberships


  • Member of the executive committee of the Association for Southeastern Europe (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft), Munich
  • Member of the Foundation Board of the Institute for East and Southeastern European Studies at the University of Regensburg
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hungarian Institute, Regensburg
  • Executive Board member of the Foreign Affairs Association, Munich