Universität Innsbruck


Department of Contemporary History


  • Marianne-Barcal-Preis 2019 verliehen
    Der Preis wurde heuer zum dritten Mal vergeben. Vier AbsolventInnen der Universität Innsbruck wurden für ihre herausragenden Abschlussarbeiten ausgezeichnet.
  • Theaterstück "Der einzige Feind, den es wert ist zu hassen"
    Studentischer Rechtsextremismus an der Universität Innsbruck | Mi. 22.05./Fr. 14.06./Sa. 15.06.
  • Debates over Immigration: New Orleans, LA
    American and European Experiences in a Comparative Perspective An International Symposium Organized by Center Austria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies and the Institute for Contemporary History, Innsbruck University in Celebration of the University of Innsbruck’s 350th Anniversary Conveners: Günter Bischof and Dirk Rupnow May 23-24, 2019

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Anniversary Year


With a wide range of events, such as a theatre performance, exhibitions and publications, the Department contributes to the university's 350th anniversay in various ways ... [more]

Current Announcements


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



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

Department of Contemporary History

University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52d (Geiwi-Turm, 6. Stock)
A-6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507-44000/44001
+43 512 507-44099
Mo-Fr 8:30-12:00 und 13:00-15:00 (Roomnr. 40610, 40611)

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About us

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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