Conferences of the Herder Institute

The Herder Institute organizes conferences with numerous German and international cooperation partners. These events are mostly designed with an interdisciplinary approach and take place at different sites, alternating on a rotational basis between Marburg and the locations where cooperation partners are based. The conferences cater to the scientific community and are developed in close cooperation with the universities.


» Wegen der Corona-Pandemie verschoben, neuer Termin: 27.-30. September 2021

Colonial Cities and Border Regions in the Long 19th Century in Inter-imperial und Intra-imperial Comparisons

Summer School, Herder Institute Marburg, September 28 – October 1, 2020

Colonial cities, especially port cities, as well as border regions between empires have historically played a decisive role in the perception of colonial rule. They formed key transitional spaces in political, social, cultural, economic, administrative, military and religious conflicts and can be regarded as having held particularly prominent hinge positions with respect to the mobility—in some cases the limited mobility—of people, animals, goods, ideas, epidemics and much more.

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The summer school is organized by Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder Institute Marburg) and Prof. Dr. Benedikt Stuchtey (Chair of Modern History at Philipps University in Marburg)

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» Wegen der Corona-Pandemie findet die Tagung virtuell statt.

Family and Women in Eastern Europe: Current Research on Family and Women since the Middle Ages until present times

Conference for Young Scholars, Vilnius, October 12-14, 2020

Gender research is one of the important, newer fields of historical research. In contrast, topics on family and women‘s history have not yet been sufficiently analysed for Eastern Europe. Women and family history are particularly suitable as a perspective for the analysis of societies, since this perspective questions not only gender orders, but also political, cultural and socio-economic values.

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The five organizing institutions are the Institute of Lithuanian History (Vilnius), the Herder Institute for historical Research on East Central Europe (Marburg), the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e.V., Lüneburg), the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and Center for Historical Research Berlin of the Polish Academy of Science (CBH).

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» Wegen der Corona-Pandemie verschoben, neuer Termin folgt im Sommer 2021

Sacralization of History: Actors – Networks – Topics in (contemporary) Eastern Europe

Marburg, December 10-12, 2020

Historical memory is playing a central role, especially in Eastern European, in shaping national identities and legitimizing claims to leadership. Remarkably, history is currently not simply politized but history is also being sacralized. Historical evidence, myths and stereotypes are declared “authentic” and therefore beyond doubt or criticism. Secular and sacral rituals, venerated objects and marked spaces are used to strengthen feelings of national identity and belonging. Religious authorities and churches are often involved in the sacralization of historical politics. Populist parties and regimes also make use of history in this manner.

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Plakat Keynote State Assessment 2019
Plakat FoKO Abschlusstagung 2018
Plakat LOEWE Meilensteintagung 2018
Plakat Symposium 2017
Plakat Tagung Crusaders 2017
Plakat Tagung Interregna 2016
Plakat Keynote Lazaroms 2016
Tagung Selbermachen 2015
Tagung Bollwerke 2014