Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 23/2021 by Esther Meier

22 June: Russia Remembers the German Invasion of the Soviet Union

In Russia, the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow is overshadowed by Victory Day. But while the official version of history attaches more importance to heroisation and victory than to acknowledgement of suffering and recognition of victim groups, a growing pluralisation of war remembrance has recently emerged.
ZOiS Spotlight 21/2021 by Leandra Bias

The Fight Against Domestic Violence in Belarus in Times of Protest

The ongoing Belarusian protests are often seen as a movement carried largely by women. For many feminist activists there are even parallels between the state-sponsored violence on the streets and violence towards domestic partners at home. These women are hoping for an upswing in attention on domestic violence.


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.