Abteilung für Südosteuropäische Geschichte
The Centre for Southeast European History at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz is
Austria's only scientific institution with a teaching and research focus on the history
of Southeast Europe. This specialization is significant for two reasons:
Firstly, due to its geographic position the Karl-Franzens University has not only been
important for Southeast Europe in the past but continues to play a crucial role in the
region. This was one of the motives that led to the establishment of a chair for
Southeast European History in 1970 next to the Graz Institute of Slavic Studies, which
has a strong tradition in Balkan studies. Our university's special emphasis means that
we are also concerned with tasks beyond pure scientific work: making contacts,
building networks, organizing grants for students from Southeast Europe, designing
and supporting research projects.
Secondly, the Southeast is central to the identity of the City of Graz. Graz likes to be
known as a business hub linking Austria and Southeast Europe, and the city is also
the site of an international fair oriented towards the region.