Centre for Southeast European Studies

The Centre for Southeast European Studies was set up in November 2008 following the establishment of Southeastern Europe as a strategic priority at the University of Graz in 2000. The Centre is an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty institution for research and education, established with the goal to provide space for the rich teaching and research activities at the university on and with Southeastern Europe and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Since its origins it was also the aim of the centre to provide information and documentation and to be a place of call for media and the interest public on Southeastern Europe in terms of political, legal, economic and cultural developments.

Thus, the Centre has placed a strong emphasis on public events. In order to provide a broader audience information on Southeastern Europe, the Centre is organizing regular lectures, discussions and other events on current topics, including jointly with the Europe Department of the State of Styria, such as “Südosteuropa Akademie” and “Café Europa”. A first success and also recognition of the strong competence in the field of Southeastern Europe of the University has been archive of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe, which has been donated to the Centre by the former Coordinator of the Stability Pact Dr. Erhard Busek.

In addition to regular teaching, the Centre also coordinates a Joint PhD in Diversity Management (with the University of Bologna, the New Bulgarian University Sofia and the University of Primorska, Slovenien), as well as a Joint Master in South East European Studies (with the Universities of Belgrade, Skopje und Zagreb and partners throughout Europe).

Since 2010 the Centre manages “Balkan Academic News“, a mailing list with over 5000 subscribers. An interdisciplinary team of lawyers, historians, and political scientists working at the Centre has contributed through numerous articles, monographs and other publications to research on Southeastern Europe. In addition, the centre is regularly organizing international conferences and workshops to promote cutting edge research on Southeastern Europe.