UZH establishing new Institute for Eastern European Studies

05 April 2024 09:29

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Zurich - The University of Zurich (UZH) is establishing a new Institute for Eastern European Studies. With the new research and educational hub, the university is seeking to respond to the process of political and cultural transformation seen across the states of Eastern Europe.

The University of Zurich (UZH) is founding a new Institute for Eastern European Studies. According to a press release, with this the university is seeking to respond to new political, historic and cultural developments in Eastern Europe. In particular, the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the dynamics in the former Soviet republics, which are today autonomous states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, have opened up new perspectives within this research area. In an interview with the UZH magazine “Gesunde Frauen und Männer”, the Slavonic studies experts Jeronim Perović and Sylvia Sasse outline the research areas of the new institute. At the heart of it all is a desire to look at things in a different way to the attitudes and perspectives that prevailed during the Cold War. At this point in time when the boundaries were well-defined, the first chair for Eastern European history was established at UZH in 1971.

“Now this is no longer so clear. Not only that, but as well as being a very large area, Eastern Europe is also very heterogeneous, both culturally and politically”, comments Perović, the prospective head of the new faculty. He adds: “That’s something that has to be engaged with. We want the new Institute for Eastern European Studies at UZH to provide the necessary expertise to do so”. The establishment of the new institute is being supported by the UZH Foundation. ce/ww

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