Leipzig GWZO with new director
Prof. Dr. Maren Röger has taken over the management staff at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig as of 01.11.2021. She succeeds the long-time director Prof. Dr. Christian Lübke, who is retiring for reasons of age.
Maren Röger was most recently Professor of the History of Germany and Eastern Europe at the University of Augsburg, where she was the head of the Bukovina Institute. In 2015-2021, she already held a junior professorship there. After completing her doctorate in 2010 in Giessen, which was dedicated to the German-Polish culture of memory concerning the forced migration of Germans, she worked for several years as a research associate at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw and as a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg. Her research focuses, among other things, on questions of violence and everyday life, the media, memory, and the politics of history, as well as of nationalism and multiethnicity, and has been translated into several languages. Upon taking up her post at the GWZO, Maren Roger will also assume the professorship of History of Eastern Europe/East-Central Europe at the History Department of the Faculty of History, Arts and Regional Studies at the University of Leipzig. "Working across disciplinary boundaries has shaped my academic career from the very beginning, so I am very pleased to take on the leadership of such a versatile institute and to contribute to the further visibility and understanding of Eastern Europe, also in the broader public, with excellent research in-house," says Maren Röger.
On November 1, 2007, the Eastern European historian Christian Lübke took over as director of the then "Humanities Center for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO)". He succeeded the founding director Winfried Eberhard. Soon after, the GWZO moved from Luppenstraße to Leipzig's inner city, bringing the research institute closer to the University of Leipzig, and not only spatially. Under the direction of Christian Lübke, the Institute became a member of the Leibniz Association in 2017. Since then, its name has been "Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)". With its admission to the Leibniz Association, the research institute underwent a reorientation in terms of organization and content. Christian Lübke: "The GWZO has now adapted to the new conditions and plays a formative role in the Leibniz Network 'Eastern Europe'. I am pleased that with Maren Röger a competent new director has been found for the GWZO, which as a Leibniz Institute will soon be facing its first evaluation, for which I wish the Institute every success under its new leadership."
The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig conducts comparative research on the historical and cultural conditions in the area between the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, and the Adriatic Sea from the early Middle Ages to the present. The scientists working at the institute represent various disciplines of the humanities, including archaeology, history, art history, and literary studies. In its research work, the GWZO relies on a dense network of cooperative relationships with scientific institutions in Europe and the Upper Sea.