Regions of Conflict in Eastern Europe interpretive knowledge as a prerequisite for solution oriented strategies

© Claudia Junghänel / Herder-Institut, Marburg

The dramatic developments in Ukraine in 2013/2014, the Crimean annexation in 2014 and the subsequent Western sanctions against Russia thrust the continent into a renewed EastWest conflict. Although the Ukrainian-Russian crisis has been the most tangible element of this development, other unresolved regional conflicts in Eastern Europe have also garnered attention. The continued existence of such conflicts has led to the current conclusion that previous miscalculations were more the result of inadequate interpretations of the situation rather than a lack of factual knowledge. Accordingly, the LOEWE research cluster “Conflict Regions in Eastern Europe” aims to develop new forms of scholarly communication between the East and West and is guided by the principle of establishing interpretative insight as a prerequisite for devising resolution strategies to help mend the renewed rift in Europe. This LOEWE research cluster will seek to work out a new typology of conflict regions through direct dialogue with partners in Eastern Europe on the basis of a multi-perspective analysis of the past and present of these regions – using frames of reference from historical, linguistic, cultural, political and social studies.

LOEWE Research Cluster


  • Justus Liebig University Giessen, represented by the Giessen Centre for Eastern Europe (GiZo)
  • Herder Institute for Historical Research on Eastern Central Europe, Marburg
  • Leibniz Institute Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research (HSFK)
  • German Poland Institute Darmstadt (DPI)
  • Center for Conflict Studies Marburg (ZfK)
  • Schader Foundation Darmstadt

Fields of study

  • Historical Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences

Funding period

since 2017

Project Coordinator

  • Prof. Dr. Monika Wingender,
    Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger,Herder Institute for Historical Research on Eastern Central Europe, Marburg


  • Gießen
  • Marburg

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