About the Blog

This blog is dedicated to the research and outreach activities of the Chair of Contemporary History (Comparative Dictatorship, Violence and Genocide Studies) and its staff, headed by Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen. The aim is to make the diverse research foci, including migration, global and legal history and digital humanities, as well as current projects and events accessible to a broader public.


Events in the field of historical-culture and historical studies, such as public lectures, book presentations and film evenings, take place at regular intervals and are organised by the professorship and its staff. Important dates, announcements and reports of these events can be found in this section.


This rubric is dedicated to the research activities of the professorship and those of its scholars and fellows. In addition to the presentation of ongoing research projects, scientific essays as well as workshop and conference reports can be found in this section. At the moment, the main focus lies on the projects “GLORE” and “Negotiating Migration Regimes“.

Public History

In addition to their scientific research activities, the scientists of the Chair and those associated with it are also intensively engaged in communicating the resulting findings to a broad public. This ranges from podcasts and film series to (digital) exhibitions. Fellows of the GLORE project are given the opportunity to develop a public history project during their stay. The results of this broad range of public history initiatives can be found in this section.

Archives and Sources

In order to be able to illustrate one’s own research with concrete sources and collections from practice and also to offer suggestions and assistance to other scholars, this section is dedicated to presenting selected archives, their collections and particularly exciting historical sources at regular intervals.

Alma Rosé-Prize

The Alma Rosé Prize, organised by the chair for contemporary history, recognises academic qualification papers at German-speaking universities that deal with the history of National Socialism, cultural property confiscated during the Nazi regime as well as its aftermath (including post-war justice), focusing on the history of persecution, especially with regard to the confiscation of property and the (private) economic plundering. Starting in November 2023, the awarded scholars and their work will be presented in this section.

Transit – The Podcast about Migration History

As part of the podcast “Transit” initiated at the Institute of Contemporary History, Franziska Maria Lamp and Philipp Strobl talk to experts about core topics in migration history and migration policy. In the podcast series, expertise on migration history is presented in the form of clear interviews and made available on popular podcast platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Podbean, as well as on the project page.

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