Short CV/Education and training

    PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher earned her M.A. and PhD from Heinrich Heine-University in Düsseldorf. She has been on the research staff of the Herder-Institute for Historical Research in East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany since 2003; since 2009 she has been the head of department “Academic Forum”.

    In her research, she focuses on political and cultural memory and political cults in East Central Europe. Another field of research is urban history of the 19th and 20th in East Central Europe, especially emerging cities and L’viv (Lwów/Lemberg) in the 19th century in relation to local government as well as historical critical security and conflict studies. Generally interested in Polish history and in Jewish and minority history of 19th and 20th centuries, she is working on gender history, democratization, nationalizing and securitizing processes as well as on East Central Europe as a conflict region.

  • 2017 – 2018
    Representation of the Professur für Geschichte und ihre Didaktik at University of Wuppertal (also 2019 – 2020)

  • 2018 – 2019
    Representation of the Professorship of Modern History at University of Wuppertal

Selected publications

  • Lembergs „polnischen Charakter“ sichern. Kommunalpolitik in einer multiethnischen Stadt der Habsburgermonarchie zwischen 1861/62 und 1914, Stuttgart 2020.

  • ed. with Eszter Gantner / Oliver Hochadel: Interurban Knowledge Exchange in Southern and Eastern Europe, 1870-1950, London 2020.

  • Der gefährdete „Volkskörper“: Die „um ihr Dasein kämpfenden Grenz- und Auslands-deutschen“ in Lexika der Weimarer Zeit, in: Christoph Cornelissen / Dirk van Laak (Hrsg.): Weimar und die Welt. Globale Verflechtungen der ersten deutschen Republik, Göttingen 2020, 159-180.

  • ed. with Eszter Gantner / Aleksander Łupienko: Special Issue Transnational Perspectives in Urban History. Yearbook of Transnational History, 3 (2020).

  • ed. with Liliya Berezhnaja: Rampart Nations. Bulwark Myths of East European Multiconfessional Societies in the Age of Nationalism, New York/Oxford 2019.

  • ed. with Steffen Kailitz: Special Issue “Double transformations:” Nation Formation and Democratization in Interwar East Central Europe, in: Nationalities Papers 46 (2018), 5.

  • ed. with Eszter Gantner: Special Issue Emerging Cities. Journal of Urban History 43 (2017), 4.

  • David Feest (eds.): National Minorities in the Soviet Bloc after 1945. New Historical Research in Micro- and Regional Studies. Special Issue of Region. Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia 6 (2017), 1.

  • Jewish Participation in the Lemberg Local Self-Government: The Provisions of the Lemberg Statute of 1870, in: Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Insituts/Simon-Dubnow-Institute Yearbook 10 (2011), 237-254.

  • Der Piłsudski-Kult und seine Bedeutung für den polnischen Staat 1926-1939, Marburg (Materialien und Studien zur Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, Bd. 9).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • “Family planning” in East Central Europe from the 19th century until the approval of the “pill”, 2019 – 2022

  • Securitization and Discourses on the Rights of Minorities and Majorities in East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Century, 2014 – 2021

  • Conflicts concerning Loyalty and Minorities in Latvia in the interwar period, 2017 – 2020

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Women's Representative of the Herder Institute, 2005 – 2009

  • Member of the Women's Representatives' Council of the Leibniz Association, 2006 – 2007

  • Co-Editor Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung / Journal of East Central European Studies, since 2010

  • Research Representative of the Herder Institute, since 2011

  • Board member of the German Association for Historical Research on Eastern Europe (Verband der Osteuropahistorikerinnen und -historiker e.V., VOH), 2013 – 2017

  • Vice Chairwoman of the VOH, since 2017

  • Co-editor of the series at Berghahn Books New Perspectives on East Central European Studies, since 2017

  • Co-Editor of Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung / Journal for East Central European Studies, since 2010


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