KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Intitut Essen, KWI)

Research_area Europe

Director: Prof. Dr. Tatjana Tönsmeyer

The research area “Europe” at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) approaches European history as an integrated history of Western and Eastern Europe within the context of its transatlantic relationships. In adopting this focus, the research area occupies a unique position within the German research landscape: it overcomes the still frequently encountered duality of East-West and directs its attention instead towards commonalities and specific variations in development that continue to shape Europe to the present day. Research topics include the history of experiences of the Second World War, in particular the history of everyday life and of occupation and the pathways taken by European societies to modernity.

The research area has established international cooperative ties with the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society Brussels, the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University Sweden, the German Historical Institute Paris, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, the Belarusian State University Minsk, the Lithuanian Institute of History Vilnius, the Institute for War-, Holocaust- and Genocide Studies (NIOD) Amsterdam, MEMORIAL Moscow, the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities Oslo, and the historical institutes at the universities of Athens, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Trento and Warsaw.