Raphael Utz, PhD

Curriculum vitae

  • 2010-present: managing director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena
  • 2007-2010: research fellow in subproject B5 "Weimar and Russia" of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 482 "The Weimar-Jena Phenomenon: Culture around 1800" at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 2006-2007: completed doctorate (advisor: Prof. Heinz-Dietrich Löwe) at Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg with a dissertation on Russia´s Unusable Past: Nationalism and Foreign Policy during the Tsarist Empire (in German)
  • 2006-2007: knowledge manager for the L.E.K. Consulting Company in Munich
  • 2001-2006: worked in product management for the SAP Company in Walldorf (Baden)
  • 2003-2007: lecturer in Eastern European history at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1998-2000: doctoral scholar of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 1997: lecturer in German at the University of Oxford, Wadham College
  • 1995-1996: lecturer in Russian history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries at the University of Cambridge
  • 1993-1996: completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Russian and Eastern European studies at the University of Oxford
  • 1991-1993 studied middle and modern history, Eastern European history and Slavic studies at the University of Heidelberg.

Research projects

  • Sobibór and Shoah Memory 1944-2016
  • Monarchies in the Balkans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Russia as a culture of memory


Main areas of research

  • Eastern Europe and the Shoah
  • Soviet mass crimes in the Russian culture of memory
  • Nationalism and the theory of nationalism
  • European monarchies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries