University of Innsbruck



  • Nationalsozialismus im Ötztal
    Symposium am 28./29.09.2023 Universitätszentrum in Obergurgl.
  • Siebter Jenischer Kulturtag
    Beitrag Ina Friedmann: Von Familienforschung und historischen Recherchen. Erfahrungsaustausch zwischen privater und wissenschaftlicher Jenischer (Familien-)Forschung mit anschließendem offenen Publikumsgespräch, Samstag, 30.09.2023, 17:00 bis 19:00 Kulturbackstube, die Bäckerei, Dreiheiligenstrasse 21a, 6020 Innsbruck.
  • „Wir wollten unser junges Leben nicht für eine aussichtslose Sache opfern.“
    Vortrag Nikolaus Hagen: Der Fall der Brüder Erwin, Kurt und Fritz Müller Mittwoch, 11.10.2023, 17.00 bis 18.00 Uhr Vorarlberger Landesarchiv Kirchstraße 28, 6900 Bregenz.

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Demut lernen. Kindheit in konfessionellen Kinderheimen in Tirol nach 1945
Funded by the Diocese of Innsbruck and the Province of Tyrol and accompanied by the Martinsbühel Tripartite Commission, Ina Friedmann and Friedrich Stepanek researched the realities of life in seven confessional Tyrolean homes from 1945 to the end of the 20th century.

Rudolf Bilgeri:  With the Partisans in Athens. Diary of a Deserter from the Wehrmacht
edited by Peter Pirker and Ingrid Böhler.

Best Student Paper Awards 2023
Marcel Amoser receives a Best Student Paper Award 2023.

"Unfruchtbarmachung" und "freiwillige Entmannung".
The Innsbruck University Clinics and the Hereditary Health Courts of the Reichsgau Tyrol-Vorarlberg.

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]

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

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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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