Forschungsprofil des ZZF

The Centre for Contemporary History (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, ZZF) is a research institute for German and European contemporary history in the twentieth century and its impact on the present. As a member of the Leibniz Association, its basic endowment is funded half by the federal government and half by the states. Added to this is external funding acquired by the institute for research projects. The ZZF works with numerous universities and other research institutes in Germany and abroad, and has an international visiting-scholar program. It is linked to the University of Potsdam and Humboldt University in Berlin by joint professorships, and cooperates with a range of other institutes of higher learning in research, teaching, and training a new generation of scholars. The institute has four research departments. Alongside basic research, the central tasks of the ZZF are providing research infrastructure and promoting knowledge transfer.

 

In Department I, research is focused on the social practices of governance in the GDR and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and especially on the transformation processes in the last third of the twentieth century including and extending beyond the sea change of 1989–91.

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Kraftwerk Berlin Lichterfelde 2017. Foto: Hans-Hermann Hertle

The research of Department II focuses on economic structures and institutions as well as on the practices and behaviors of economic actors, and ideas and discourses linked to economics. The field of economics in contemporary history is examined in relation to its interdependency with politics, culture, and society.

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Department III researches the process of media transformation in European societies and the changes brought by the advance of new information technologies and digitalization.

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The research projects of Department IV investigate the question of how social processes were contained and regulated by the political systems of the twentieth century.

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