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Dr. Maike Lehmann

History Department
Research associate
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  • Curriculum vitae
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Maike Lehmann is a historian of Eastern Europe whose work focuses on the transnational dimensions of cultural and (post)imperial history in the twentieth century. After working on the Soviet national periphery, she is now looking at the everyday and intellectual encounters of exiled Soviet intellectuals with the West. She graduated with an MA in Russian History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and earned her PhD from Humboldt-University, Berlin. Between 2008 and 2014, she worked as a senior researcher at the Research Center for East European Studies (FSO) at the University of Bremen before serving as a ‘Juniorprofessorin’ for Modern Eastern European History at the University of Cologne. While there, she also was lead investigator of the international research project The Many Faces of Late Socialism. The Individual in the ‘Eastern Bloc’, 1953-1988. She served as interim professor for Eastern European History at the University of Konstanz (2020) and Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen (2022). Since October 2022, she is an editor with the Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas.

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career
  • Senior researcher/ editor at Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, since 2022
  • Visiting Professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung) at University of Tübingen, 04—09/2022
  • Visiting Professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung) at Konstanz University, 04—09/2020
  • Juniorprofessor for Modern East European History (no tenure track) at the University of Cologne, 04/2014—03/2020
  • Postdoc at Forschungsstelle Osteuropa Bermen (Institute für Eastern European Studies, Bremen), 10/2008—04/2014
  • Doctoral researcher at Humboldt-University Berlin, Institute for European Ethnology/Sonderforschungsbereich 640 (Project Armenia), 08/2004—06/2008
  • PhD in History, Humboldt-University Berlin. Thesis: “Sozialismus, Repräsentation und Hybridität in Armenien seit 1945”, grade: magna cum laude (1.0), 08/2004—07/2010
  • MA in Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College, London (UK), MA-Thesis: ‘The Erosion of Distinctions. Urban Relations in Petrograd during World War I’, grade: distinction, 09/2001—08/2002
  • Studies in History, Philosophy and Political Sciences at the University of Tübingen, 10/1998—03/2001
Selected Awards and Scholarships
  • Fellowship at the Imre-Kertész-Kolleg, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, 10/2020—03/2021
  • UoC advanced postdoc project ‚The Many Faces of Late Socialism. The Individual in the ‚Eastern Bloc‘, 1953-1988, 08/2015—07/2019
  • CONNECT fellowship (Tel Aviv), Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, 05/2017
  • 8th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium (GISFOH), organizing committee, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation & Israeli Academy of Sciences, 10/2015—09/2016
  • Postdoc fellowship, German Historical Institute Washington, 03—04/2014
Memberships and Services to the Profession



Current Projects
  • Worlds (Dis)Connected. How Cultural Scripts, Ideas and Media Practices Proved (In)Translatable in Soviet Intellectuals’ Encounter with the West (1970s and 1980s, Habilitationsprojekt (Universität Bremen), gefördert von: GHI Washington, Imre-Kertész-Kolleg, NetEx-Reisemittel der Universität zu Köln, seit 2012a
Completed Projects
  • The Many Faces of Late Socialism. The Individual in the ‚Eastern Bloc‘, 1953-1988, gefördert durch einen UoC advanced postdoc grant, 2015—2019
  • Eine sowjetische Nation. Nationale Sozialismusinterpretationen in Armenien seit 1945, im Rahmen des Sonderforschungsbereich 640 (DFG), 2004—2010

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