Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 18/2021

Why Manizha’s 2021 Eurovision entry touched a raw nerve in Russia

Manizha, a feminist singer with a Tajik migration background, is representing Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Fiercely criticised by conservative and nationalist forces, her nomination has sparked a debate on how diversity should be culturally represented in Russia.
ZOiS Spotlight 17/2021

Victory Day at 75+1

Celebrating victory in World War II on 9 May is central to Russia’s official historical narrative. As commemorations take place online and offline, ZOiS survey data show that Russians continue to engage in victory celebrations. Meanwhile, the space for dissenting views is increasingly restricted.
Meet the Author | Jannis Panagiotidis

“Our migration discourse is often focused on problems”

“Late resettlers” and quota refugees started to arrive in Germany from the late 1980s onwards. With his book on Post-Soviet Migration in Germany, Jannis Panagiotidis has published the first comprehensive study of the defining features of this migration and the lifeworlds which subsequently emerged.


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. On this occasion, ZOiS, together with cooperation partners, is hosting a series of events that revisit the watershed year of 1991 and examine the legacies of the Soviet era.

Focus on Belarus

According to official results, Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka has been reelected for another turn on 9 August. In the aftermath of the election, massive protests are taking place in the country. In the light of these current events, ZOiS has put together a dossier on politics and society in Belarus.
Research Clusters

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters: Societies between Stability and Change, Conflict Dynamics and Border Regions, Migration and Diversity, Youth in Eastern Europe, and Political Economy and Integration.


Roundtable Osteuropa

Roundtable Osteuropa is a podcast by the Centre for East European and International Studies. Scholars of ZOiS and their guests discuss their research of Eastern Europe. We consider events in politics and society, while also trying to shed light on lesser-known issues – with insights from sociology, political science, geography, social anthropology, literary studies and theology.


External Academic Publications

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters and publish their result in peer-reviewed journals.