Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

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The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (GS OSESLMU) offers a network for doctoral researchers in East and Southeast European area studies. It closely collaborates with the Graduate School at Universität Regensburg (GS OSESUR) and with five academic institutions in Munich with relevant expertise in studying East and Southeast Europe.

GS OSESLMU continues the doctoral training programme that was established and jointly organized in Munich and Regensburg from November 2012 to October 2019 as a part of the German Federal and State Excellence Initiative, funded by the German Research Association (DFG). The final report details our activities in this period.

Since no new funding could be secured, the activities of the GS OSESLMU have been placed on a new foundation after 2019. A new statute was passed in June 2022. Our primary goal remains the facilitation of innovative research in East and Southeast European Studies at LMU.

In addition 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 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].

We cooperate closely with the interdisciplinary Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies 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.