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IOS Annual Conference 2023: (Re-)Ordering Eastern Europe

10th IOS Annual Conference on 12 and 13 October in Regensburg. Keynotes by Gwendolyn Sasse and Martin Müller.

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International Conference "Vertreibung und Erinnerung"

Current state of research on the refugee, expulsion, and integration of Germans from Eastern Europe since World War II in Germany as well as in the countries of origin in Eastern Europe, October 6–7, 2023.

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Tour of an Endangered World Heritage Site

The historic center of Odesa is a unique classicist settlement, shaped by many cultures – and acutely threatened by Russian attacks. On ostBLOG, Polina Barvinska and Guido Hausmann explain peculiarities and the history of important buildings (in German).

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About the Institute


The IOS is one of the largest non-university research institutions of its kind in Germany. Through its work, the Institute contributes to a better understanding of the society and history of Eastern and Southeast Europe.

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IOS Research

At the IOS, researchers from various disciplines conduct research on the history of as well as the economic and political developments in Eastern and Southeast Europe.

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IOS Publications

With its publishing activities, the IOS supports research into Eastern and Southeast Europe and informs a wider public.

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The Institute’s Library

The library of the IOS is one of the largest of its kind, collecting and providing access to literature on Eastern Europe. In addition, it maintains a wide range of electronic resources to support research.

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Understanding Eastern and Southeast Europe—creating, preserving, and communicating knowledge. This is the goal of the Regensburg-based Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). The IOS is one of the largest non-university research institutions of its kind in Germany. Our staff include historians, economists, and political scientists with a particular interest in the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe. In addition, the IOS provides important infrastructure services for research.

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Blog Series "Provenance Research at the IOS"

In the course of a current project, the Institute’s library is checked for books, journals and maps that were looted under Nazi rule. In a series on ostBLOG, Daniela Mathuber explains provenance research at the IOS and presents several objects.



The IOS in the Media

Experte zur Eskalation zwischen Kosovo und Serbien: "Eine Streitbeilegung ist eigentlich undenkbar"

Interview mit Konrad Clewing zu Hintergründen und Lösungsansätzen für die Spannungen zwischen Serbien und Kosovo.

Aargauer Zeitung

Todesstoß für die russische Demokratie?

Welche Auswirkungen hat die Verfassungskrise von 1993 auf die politische Entwicklung Russlands? Der Beitrag gibt Antworten, mit Statements von Fabian Burkhardt.


Russland nach Prigoschins Ende: Angst und Schrecken

Bericht über Reaktionen der russische Elite auf den Tod von Wagner-Chef Jewgeni Prigoschin mit Einschätzugnen u. a. von Fabian Burkhardt.


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