Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GS OSES)

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Landshuter Str. 4
93047 Regensburg

Dr. Jasper M. Trautsch
Tel. +49 (0)941/943-5334


At our two locations in Munich and Regensburg, our Graduate School intends to create an internationally renowned centre of excellence for East and Southeast European studies. Our research programme is based on the understanding that modern area studies play an important role in understanding the effects of historical and ongoing globalisation. We support the work of junior researchers in an international and multidisciplinary field of study. It is a research community linking experienced researchers, postdocs and doctoral students in a common vision.

Cold War Interests: 

The Graduate School's research focus is on modern history and we therefore also explore various topics relating to the Cold War from the perspective of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. To name but a few examples of the pertinent research conducted in Regensburg and Munich: Kathleen Beger does research on the Soviet pioneer camp Artek, in which teenagers from more than 50 countries participated (including from western nations); Max Trecker examines economic integration processes in Eastern Europe between 1945 and 1990; Julia Kling is writing a dissertation on transnational aspects of the work of Yugoslavian World War II veterans and victims during the Cold War; Darina Volf analyzes Czechoslovakian images of America between 1948 and 1992; Melanie Arndt works on an environmental history of the effects of radioactivity in both East and West; and Jasper Trautsch examines in his conceptual history of the West how Europe was divided into an "East" and a "West" on contemporaries' mental maps after the Second World War. Our bilingual blog Memory Cultures: Memory and Politics of History in Eastern and Southeastern Europe also contains numerous entries on the Cold War.