Leibniz Chair and Herder Chairs

Leibniz Chair

The Institute has awarded Prof. Dr. Włodzimierz Borodziej (1956-2021) with a Leibniz Chair.

The Leibniz Chair is awarded to outstanding researchers who have developed a close relationship with a Leibniz Institute through their scientific work. The award is given in recognition of their special accomplishments. Włodzimierz Borodziej’s nomination to the Leibniz Chair is valid for life and will help to further foster a scientific cooperation that is already long established.  

The honored recipient is a professor at the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw and codirector of the Imre Kertész College at the University of Jena. His research has focused on 20th century Polish history, for example, the Warsaw Uprising and German occupation policy in the German administered part of Poland during World War Two. Poland has been a central focus of the Herder Institute since it was founded, which can be seen reflected, both in the scientific collections and in our publication program.

A particularly close collaborative relationship already existed well before the publication project entitled The Germans East of the Oder and Neisse 1945 – 1950: Documents from Polish Archives; “Our homeland has become a foreign country to us…”, which Włodzimierz Borodziej published together with Hans Lemberg, former president of the Herder Research Council. As part of this project, a series of volumes was produced between the year 2000 and 2004, which included publications on the central authorities, the Olsztyn Voivodeship, Central Poland, the Poznan Voivodeship, as well as the voivodeships of Pomerelia and Gdansk (Western Prussia). As a result of the close professional and personal contact to the Herder Institute, Professor Borodziej held the inaugural Hans Lemberg Lecture in memory of the Marburg professor, who passed away in 2009. The topic of his talk was Poland and Germany after the memorial year of 2009.

Prof. Dr. Włodzimierz Borodziej, Hans Lemberg Lecture 2010

Herder Chairs

With the appointment of

the Herder Institute is bringing together expertise and becoming part of a strong regional network.

Through their research and teaching, the appointed professors are working to create closer ties between their own universities and the Herder Institute, a non-university institution. The idea is to intensify existing collaboration by holding conferences and other events as well as through joint applications and implementation of research and infrastructure projects. The geographical proximity of the universities of Giessen and Siegen to Marburg also creates opportunities for cooperation in the area of university teaching, for example at block events. Overall, the vision is to develop a more distinct regional focus.

The Herder Chair is awarded for three years at a time and can be extended at any point should there be mutual interest.