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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