Univ.-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Claudia Kraft

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Co-Director

Office: Institute of Contemporary History, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1

E-Mail: claudia.kraft@univie.ac.at

Phone: +43-1-4277-41207

Link: zeitgeschichte.univie.ac.at/ueber-uns/wissenschaftliche-mitarbeiterinnen/claudia-kraft/

Claudia Kraft is a Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna since 2018. Before coming to Vienna she had worked at the University of Siegen as a Professor of Contemporary European History (2011-2018) and at the University of Erfurt as a Professor of Central and Eastern European History (2005-2011). She specializes in 20th century comparative European and particularly Central and Eastern European History. She is the speaker of the Research Platform "Transformations and Eastern Europe" and Member of the Research Platform "Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities" (GAIN) and of the Research Group "History of Human Rights and Democracy".

Research interests:

•   European Contemporary History in Comparative Perspective
•   History of Central and Eastern Europe since the 18th Century
•   Gender History
•   History of State Socialist Societies After World War II
•   Transnational 20th Century Legal History
•   Theory of History and Concepts of Area Studies


Research project:

She directs a German-Polish research project (DFG/NCN) about “Rooms for Manoeuvre in State Socialism”, which investigates forms of historical agency in East Central Europe before and after 1989.


Selected publications:

Claudia Kraft, Béatrice von Hirschhausen, Hannes Grandits, Dietmar Müller und Thomas Serrier]: Phantom Borders in Eastern Europe: a new concept for regional research, in: Slavic Review 78/2 (summer 2019), S. 368-389.

Claudia Kraft, Alf Lüdtke, Jürgen Martschukat] (Hrsg.): Kolonialgeschichten. Regionale Perspektiven auf ein globales Phänomen, Frankfurt/M., New York 2010.

Claudia Kraft (Hrsg.): Geschlechterverhältnisse in Ostmitteleuropa nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg: Soziale Praxis und Konstruktion von Geschlechterbildern, München 2008.

Claudia Kraft: Europa im Blick der polnischen Juristen. Rechtsordnung und juristische Profession im Spannungsfeld zwischen Nation und Europa 1918-1939 (= Studien zu Europäischen Rechtsgeschichte 156 des Max-Planck-Instituts für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte), Frankfurt am Main 2002.

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