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“Poland and Germany in Modern Europe”

Official inauguration of new German-Polish doctoral program

Munich, 11/29/2011

A new German-Polish doctoral program on “Poland and Germany in Modern Europe” will be officially inaugurated in Wrocław on 4 December. This is the first such international graduate program devoted to themes drawn from the areas of the humanities, cultural and social studies to be established jointly between German and Polish universities. The program is based on a collaborative research venture involving the Center for Eastern European Studies (ZfO) at LMU Munich and the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies (WBZ) at Wrocław University.

The doctoral program will provide support for five Polish and five German doctoral candidates who wish to carry out thesis research on historical, literary, linguistic or political questions bearing on the interrelationships between “Poland und Germany in Modern Europe.” The program is scheduled to last for three years, in the first instance.

The design of the study program envisages close interactions within and between the two participating research centers. The idea is that all students should attend a set course of lectures and together take part in seminars, so enabling them to become familiar with divergent perspectives on issues of common concern. The basic aim of the program is to foster a truly European approach to research on topics of mutual interest. It is hoped that the Graduate School will also promote closer contacts and intensify networking between specialists in various disciplines.

The doctoral program was founded on 17 June 2011 to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the German-Polish Treaty on Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation. The initiative was taken in response to the perceived need to show that the history, culture and political evolution of Germany and Poland could now be studied and presented from an innovative and mutually enlightening perspective. The work of the doctoral program will profit from close cooperative partnerships with, among others, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Poland Institute in Darmstadt (DPI).

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