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Why Eastern Europe?

The region of Eastern Europe is in itself a very heterogeneous and difficult to delimit area. The reason for this is the unbelievably diverse states and cultures that inhabit the region. The question of the borders of Eastern Europe alone is difficult to answer. While this was still easily ascertainable in times of socialist states in Europe, the answer is now strongly dependent on the perspective of the person answering it.

An exploration of the region must always take into account the numerous transformation processes that have affected the Eastern European region since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In order to obtain a comprehensive picture of Eastern Europe, it is necessary to look at it from different perspectives. Therefore, a study of the region must always be interdisciplinary, in order to be able to adequately answer the various challenges and questions that Eastern Europe poses.

For this reason, students of the Master's programme in Eastern European Studies are trained in several disciplines, specialising in one of the following research areas: culture, history, sociology, politics and economics. During their studies, however, students also get to know the region from other disciplines. The aim is to train Eastern European experts who are up to the challenges of the heterogeneous and multi-layered region and are able to correctly classify and solve problems.