Department of History at J. Selye University
The History Department was launched in September 2005 as a new scientific institution that provides university courses/educational programmes for future teachers of history as an academic subject (on both elementary and secondary school level) as well as for future professional historians. Despite its very short existence, during the last State Accreditation season (in 2008/2009) the History Department obtained an accreditation both for (Bc.) and (Mgr.) level.
The main research activities of the History Department are:
The Chair for the History of South Eastern and Eastern Europe at the University of Regensburg and the Südost-Institut (Institute for Southeast European Studies) represent two institutions in Regensburg committed to promoting research on South Eastern and Eastern European history and culture. They are part of a wider academic landscape in Regensburg, consisting of university departments and independent research institutes, which focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The Chair and the Südost-Institut pursue research projects on Southeast European history and current affairs, and promote knowledge about the region through teaching, conferences, workshops, lectures and publications, addressed to a national and international readership.
Highlights of recent work
The Democracy Centre is an independent, scholarly institution established in 1997 by political and social scientists and historians. It deals with questions related to political culture and the Austrian political system in the European and international context. The webbased research institute serves as a bilingual “gateway to knowledge” and seeks to provide in-depth information for the well-informed citizen as well as the academic community offering a structured hierarchy of constantly updated information including introductory texts, essays, articles, data, chronologies, photographs, video- and audio-files. At present, its core team is focussing on European research projects concerned with visual and iconic representations for the construction of a “European identity” and for new forms of democratic governance.
The 'Zentrum fuer Medien und Interaktivitaet' at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen (ZMI) is devoted to application and practice oriented basic research on issues involving the role of the media. Core topics are the concept of interactivity and the manifold ways in which interactive digital media impact on society, politics, economy, culture and science. Five sections with scientists and researchers recruited from a large number of specialist areas, ranging from computer linguistics to the legal and social sciences and applied dramatics, link up to form a research network. At the moment research focuses on interactive scientific communication in the digital media. The basis for this in empirical and experimental terms are the thematically diverse interactive platforms of the ZMI.
The foeg – forschungsbereich oeffentlichkeit und gesellschaft (research field public spheres and society) at the University of Zurich is a leading research institute in the field of public sphere and communication research. Its focus is on social change in modern societies, which it aims to make transparent by systematically analyzing public communication. At the centre of these analyses are content and form related aspects of communication events as well as changes in the conditions under which public communication takes place and the effects of the media culture on political organisations and private-sector companies. High priority is also given to the internal communication of organisations and to their exchanges with the outside world and the public.
The 'Europainstitut' at the University of Basel is an academic institution offering interdisciplinary tuition and research on questions related to European integration. Its core competence is within the fields of the legal, economic and political sciences. Its programme includes an interdisciplinary post-first-diploma course (Master of Advanced European Studies). The 'Europainstitut' at the University of Basel is part of a network of comparable institutions that spans Switzerland, the German and French neighbouring regions as well as all of Europe. In addition to the academic dimension it cultivates a hands-on-approach and the business contacts that are required for this purpose. What makes the 'Europainstitut' Basel unique in Switzerland is its consistently upheld interdisciplinary approach as well as the multinational background of both its teaching staff and its students.
The Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) / European University (EUI) in Florence, directed by Stefano Bartolini from September 2006, hosts a large post-doctoral fellowship programme. It was created through the fusion of the Robert Schuman Centre and the European Forum, both founded in 1992 as complementary initiatives devoted to inter-disciplinary, comparative, and policy research on the major issues of the European integration process and the development of a 'European society'. Its main objectives are, in their own words, 'to produce high quality research, to collaborate with centres of research excellence, to provide opportunities for young scholars working in the Centre’s core areas, and to promote dialogue with the world of practice.'
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