Communist and Post-Communist Times in Central Europe


LBI EHP coordinating researcher: Libora Oates-Indruchová (Vienna)

Communist and Post-Communist Times in Central Europe has been a long-term research interest of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres. It is primarily concerned with the impact of state actors on everyday lives of Central Europeans (primarily, but not limited to, Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, Hungarians and Poles) in the post-WW2 European political order. Of utmost interest is also the period after the demise of Communist regimes in Central Europe, the period of political, economic and cultural transformation that preceded the accession of postcommunist countries to the European Union and also the development since. The so far largest project, "Border Communities: Microstudies on Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies From 1945 to the Present" ran from 2005 to May 2012; currently, several publication are being prepared from the project. The current projects include: "Power and Violence over the Female Body in Czechoslovakia: Social and Medical Practices of Birth-giving" and "War Memories: Children, Border Regions & Migrants in Europe".

Migration & Memory

Research Field “MIGRATION & MEMORY”

LBI EHP coordinating researcher: Christiane Hintermann (Vienna)

Points of departure

Migration and memory has been established as a research field at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in 2006, since 2007 the research is conducted together with colleagues from the University of Malmö. Starting point of the common research is the empirial fact most European societies today are pluralistic, heterogeneous immigration societies. Populations differ not only in terms of ethnic and cultural background, religious affiliation or country of origin but also in terms of their individual and family biographies and their transmitted historical and political experiences. Despite all the past and present migration processes and the emerging multiethnic and multicultural societies, Europe’s self image is still very much centred on national paradigms and narratives. Not to be an immigration country is for instance still a prevailing political leitmotif in Austria.


Visiting scholars of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres succeeded in raising two of the coveted Lise Meitner Fellowships. Details of the projects can be found here.

The aim of the Lise Meitner programme of the FWF is to enable highly qualified scientists from abroad to participate in Austrian research facilities and research programmes over the period of 24 months. By opening new areas of knowledge and establishing innovative scientific approaches, the foreign scientists contribute to the strengthening of expertise and quality of Austrian research locations.