The research field of the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies is the multifaceted examination of Poland. Poland and the study of Poland is understood as an integral part of regionally-oriented research on East-Central Europe. The goal is a comprehensive understanding – historical as well as current – of social, economic and cultural processes in Poland within a European and global background.
Our concept of Polish Studies is presumed upon interdisciplinarity. The Center therefore complements the traditionally more humanities-oriented research on Poland with approaches and methods from the cultural, economic and social sciences.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies is currently focused on the following fields:
Economic and Social Sciences
- (Labor) Migration in 19th-21st Century
- Socialist and market transformation (esp. in the 1980s and 1990s)
- History of technology
- Language development (including migration and multilingualism)
- Societal change in modern history
Eastern European History and Cultural Sciences
- History of East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Minority history
- History and memory culture
- Provenance research
- Popular Culture