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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

Public History
Here you will find a wide range of media articles about the Department of Contemporary History and its members.

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

End of War 1945

Kriegsende 1945

In May 2020, the end of World War Two in Europe had its 75th anniversary. The Department of Contemporary History reflected this event in several weeks in May and June with an online-series of historical photos and films. [more]

Zeitgeschichtetag 2020

Zeitgeschichtetag 2020

The 1st Virtual Austrian Conference on Contemporary History (= 13th Austrian Conference on Contemporary History) 2020 was dedicated to the various anniversaries and the relation between science and media, as well as the culture of remembrance and politics of history. [more]

Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories

The historical mediation project - a contribution by the Department of Contemporary History on the 350th anniversary of the University of Innsbruck - provides insights into the diversity of university life. [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]


picture of the team

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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