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Nationalsozialistische Kulturpolitik in Tirol und Vorarlberg
Nikolaus Hagen thematisiert im neuen Band der Reihe „Innsbrucker Forschungen zur Zeitgeschichte“ Form und Konsequenzen der nationalsozialistischen Kulturpolitik in Tirol und Vorarlberg.

Österreichische Zeitgeschichte - Zeitgeschichte in Österreich. Eine Standortbestimmung in Zeiten des Umbruch
This edited volume, co-authored by Dirk Rupnow, deals with epochs, caesuras, fields and themes of contemporary history in Austria.

Studie zu Martinsbühel.
Fremdunterbringung in konfessionellen Heimen in Tirol nach 1945

"Unfruchtbarmachung" und "freiwillige Entmannung".
Die Innsbrucker Universitäts-Kliniken und die Erbgesundheitsgerichte des Reichsgaues Tirol-Vorarlberg

Connected Histories. Memories and Narratives of the Holocaust in Digital Space
1. EHRI-AT-Konferenz des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck und des Wiener Wiesenthal Instituts für Holocaust-Studien, 23. bis 25. Mai 2022

The Department of Contemporary History continuously refers to different conferences, calls for proposals and announcements of prizes or scholarships.

Regional history

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Since its foundation, high-level research on regional history with different theoretical and methodological approaches has been conducted at the Department of Contemporary History. [more]

Public History

Public History

Here you will find a wide range of media articles about the Department and its members. [more]



In the Horizon 2020 project "NewsEye", an international team from contemporary history, computer and library science is working on digital newspaper corpora in Austria, Finland and France. [more]

University Anniversary


The 350th anniversary of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck was an occasion to re-explore and to examine the history of the university. [more]



Find an overview of current and completed research projects by the Department’s members as well as their collaborations with research platforms of the University of Innsbruck. [more]



Since the establishment of the Department, research findings have continually been published in various monographs, anthologies, journals and other media. [more]



Find general student information on courses, range of studies, curricula and academic writing. [more]


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Learn more about our staff, their fields of work, contact details and office hours. [more]

 Department of Contemporary History

University of Innsbruck
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A-6020 Innsbruck

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In order to introduce contemporary history as an independent subject area in research and teaching, the University of Innsbruck founded the Department of Contemporary History in 1984. Rolf Steiniger, who had been appointed professor in Innsbruck in 1983, established and headed the Department until his retirement in the autumn of 2010. In 2002 the Department was evaluated by a commission of the “European Science Foundation” and classified as a “Center of Excellence”. This was in recognition of the almost 20 years of high-caliber work done by the Department: The large number and variety of national and international research projects, comprehensive publication activities (including its own series of publications), the regular guest lectureships of prominent foreign professors, conferences and symposia with international experts, as well as a large number of prestigious awards and distinctions of Department faculty members.  [more]

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