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NewsEye receives Top-Cultural Heritage-Award
This year, the NewsEye project is the only entry in the field of research to receive Europe's most prestigious award for cultural heritage.

Ina Friedmann was awarded the Tyrolean Eagle-Order in Silver by Governor Mattle at a ceremony.

Destructive places. Dealing with Nazi-contaminated buildings,
edited by Ingrid Böhler, Karin Harasser, Dirk Rupnow, Monika Sommer and Hilde Strobl.

#URL Holocaust digital. Verhandlungen des Genozids zwischen Public History,
Geschichtspolitik und Kommerz, Innsbruck: iup 2023
Eva Pfanzelter (print & Open Access).

Escape from war. Wehrmacht deserters in Vorarlberg,
edited by Peter Pirker and Ingrid Böhler.

Artefacts. The Material Legacy of Nazism,
Exhibition in the City Museum of Dornbirn, curated by Nikolaus Hagen.

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

The semestral newsletter provides insights into the current activities of the Department of Contemporary History.

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]


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Based on existing archive material and with the help of digital methods, this project aims to offer a reassessment of the history of the “return option”. [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]

Anniversary of the Republic


26 lectures as YouTube videos on 100 years of the Republic of Austria, jointly organised with the Department of Austrian History of the Institute of Historical Sciences and European Ethnology. [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
Innrain 52d (Geiwi-Turm, 6. Stock)
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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