Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Meet the Author with Juliane Fürst

“You were either a hippie or a member of socialist society”

Juliane Fürst spent 12 years studying Soviet hippies for her book Flowers Through Concrete. Based on interviews with eye-witnesses and research in KGB archives, she paints a vivid picture of a much-neglected movement. So who were the flowers that grew through concrete?
ZOiS Spotlight 28/2021 by Nane Khachatryan

Difficult Conditions for Armenia’s Newly Elected Parliament

After the rejection of the legal challenge against the results of the early parliamentary election, a new legislature is now officially in place in Armenia. But the fierce clashes between the opposition and the re-elected governing party raise concerns that Parliament is about to become a domestic policy battleground.
ZOiS Spotlight 27/2021 by David-Emil Wickström

The Legacy of Soviet Rock in Belarusian Protest Music

Music has been a strong mobilising and unifying factor in the Belarusian protest movement since the 2020 presidential election. By linking their songs to Soviet-era popular music, many of today’s bands are criticising the oppressive Soviet legacy prevalent in Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.
ZOiS Report 4/2021

Mobilising for Regional Protests on Russian Social Media: The Case of Khabarovsk

“I/We are Khabarovsk” was a popular expression of solidarity in Russian cities, and Khabarovsk became a new signifier for politicised regional protests. A new ZOiS Report offers explanations for the longevity and mass character of the protests that were triggered by the arrest of the Sergey Furgal.


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.