Dr Tom Junes

Curriculum Vitae

Tom Junes holds a Ph.D. in History and has taught Polish history at the Catholic University of Leuven. As a postdoctoral researcher he has held previous fellowships in Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, Helsinki and Postdam. He is also part of an international team of researchers working on civic action and protest in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Research project at the Kolleg

The project at the Imre Kertész Kolleg deals with Polish and Slovak student politics under communism from a comparative angle with an additional focus on a double case study of Kraków and Bratislava in the period 1956-1989. The research will outline the similarities as well as the differences in the higher education milieu and the regime-sponsored youth and student organisations. Subsequently, it will look for parallels as well as linkages in the political activity of students during the events of 1956, 1968 and 1989. The analysis will focus on the ideas, actions, and forms of organisation that existed in the Kraków and Bratislava student milieux and their evolution over time. Accordingly, the research will gauge the generational differentiation among the successive cohorts of students in order to identify political student generations in both countries and examine their shared characteristics.

Main areas of research

  • Eastern European history 
  • African history
  • Cold War history
  • History of student movements 

Positions and Memberships 

  • Affiliated researcher, Human and Social Studies Foundation, Sofia
  • Member, Advisory Board of the 'Studies in Political Transitions', Peter Lang; series editor: Klaus Bachmann
  • Member, Polish Studies Association (PSA)