UNIVERSITÄT BREMEN – FORSCHUNGSSTELLE OSTEUROPA
http://www.forschungsstelle.uni-bremen.de/index.php
Mission/Mandate:
The Research Centre for East European Studies was founded in 1982 and concentrates on the study of recent developments in the culture and society of Central and East European countries.
After the end of the Communist rule, the research focused on cultural and socio-political continuities across the period of changes, and on the new potential for innovation in political and economic culture and cultural identity. In contrast to the prevailing economic approach to the transformation in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe, the Research Centre concentrates on the cultural traditions and potentials of the respective country. The institute makes an effort to facilitate an understanding of the countries from inside and in this way contributes to the unification of Europe.

(Website of the Research Centre for East European Studies, http://www.forschungsstelle.uni-bremen.de/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=39, accessed on 13 December 2008, translation ACCORD)
Target group:
Scientists, research communities, international scientific institutions (Eastern and Western Europe and USA), politicians, economists, media, interested public.
Objective:
In the 1980s, manifestations of independent art and intellectual productivity were placed in the centre of attention. This approach was combined with the ambition to track informal tendencies and oppositional ideas behind the curtain of the official policy, thus gaining insight into these societies. Along with the research, an archive of Samizdat literature was built up, containing banned or unofficial artistic, literary and academic works from Poland, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and East Germany, as well as estates of famous Russian personalities. In addition to research and management of the archive, the institute engages in public relations in the form of cultural and political consultancy in Germany and in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe. (Website of the Research Centre for East European Studies, http://www.forschungsstelle.uni-bremen.de/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=39, accessed on 13 December 2008, translation ACCORD)
 
Funding:
The Centre is a foundation by civil law, sustained by the city of Bremen, city of Hamburg and by the region North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 1986/87 it is financed by the Ministry of Culture as part of the University of Bremen.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Poland, Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Central Asia.
Thematic focus: Contemporary history, cultural history, contemporary studies (politics, economy, culture).
Reporting methodology:
Scientific research in cooperation with institutes like the scientific association MEMORIAL in Moscow, the Russian State University for the Humanities and the Moscow Higher School of Economics, the Institute for Contemporary history and the Institute for Sociology of the Czech National Academy in Prague, the archive KARTA in Warsaw and the Chair in Polish studies and Comparative literature in Poznan, the Department of Political science of the Comenius university and the Institute for Sociology of the Slovak National Academy in Bratislava. In the USA, important partners of the Research Centre are Hoover, Yale, Harvard and the Zimmerli Art Museum, and New Brunswick, in Western Europe it cooperates with the ETH Zurich, the University of Amsterdam, the European University Institute in Florence and the University of Cambridge, in Asia with the Institute of Eurasian Studies, Kookmin University, Seoul.
(Website of the Research Centre for East European Studies, http://www.forschungsstelle.uni-bremen.de/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=39, accessed on 13 December 2008, translation ACCORD)

Publication cycle:
Book series Analyzing culture and society in Eastern Europe and Changing Europe: No fixed publication cycle.
Journal „Arbeitspapiere und Materialien der Forschungsstelle Osteuropa“: 10 issues/year
Regular E-mail services, especially country information services in German and English

Languages:
German.
Navigation of website:
Information on Poland, Russian Federation, Ukraine and Central Asia: Polen-Analysen, Russlandanalysen, Russian Analytical Digest, Russland-Kulturanalysen, Ukraine-Analysen, Zentralasien-Analysen.
Additional references:
Wikipedia: Research Centre for East European Studies (accessed on 13 December 2008) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_Centre_for_East_European_Studies


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