The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint programme by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München and the Universität Regensburg (UR) in which seven extramural institutions with relevant expertise in studying East and Southeast Europe also take part.
Since 2012, the Graduate School has been funded by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation] as a part of the German Federal and State Excellence Initiative (as DFG-GSC 1046).
Our primary goal is to create an environment for innovative research and for successfully completing outstanding doctoral projects in the research field of East and Southeast European Studies. Therefore, our doctoral programme combines a structured and interdisciplinary course with intensive supervision. We provide funded doctoral positions with a personal workplace, research facilities, soft skill courses and a mentoring programme.
The Graduate School pursues the concept of integrated area studies and, thus, collaborates with related disciplines as well as other area studies. We support the claim that East and Southeast Europe cannot be understood isolated but only in their interrelations with other world regions, enabling a differentiated and decentralised perspective on the processes around globalisation.
Hence, we pursue the establishment of national and international networks (inter alia via binding cooperation agreements) and provide financial support for the participation of our doctoral students in conferences and research stays abroad.
Next to our academic impact, our public impact is very important to us. Thirty years have passed since the fall of the Iron Curtain, but prejudices towards East and Southeast Europe are still deeply rooted in ‘Western’ societies. We are therefore committed to the transfer of knowledge to the general public by offering public lectures, workshops, the book series "Schnittstellen" or our research blog "Erinnerungskulturen" [Memory Cultures].
The Graduate School is governed (governance structure) by its Executive Board, which also includes the doctoral and postdoctoral representatives as well as an Equal Opportunity Officer. An International Academic Advisory Board supports and advises the Graduate School in its activities.
Detailed information about the Graduate School and its activities can be found in the annual reports and the biannual newsletters.
The Graduate School maintains a weblog in which dotoral students, postdocs and professors publish small articles on memory, cultures of history, politics of remembrance and practices of dealing with the past in East and Southeast Europe from a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective.
Cooperation is particularly close with the interdisciplinary Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies that is also run jointly by Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München and Universität Regensburg. Alumni of the Elite Graduate Program and the Graduate School founded the alumni association AMUROst e.V.