Promoting Young Researchers

The promotion of young researchers is a top priority at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ). Most research projects at the institute therefore include positions for junior researchers. Doctoral candidates, as well as post-doctoral students, have the opportunity to conduct their own research as part of a team and under excellent financial and infrastructural conditions. The work of professors at the institute ensures that young researchers are given supervision and support, including connections to universities. The IfZ also provides funding to doctoral students, relevant funding programs within the framework of graduate schools, colloquia, and networks, as well as training in practical academic development, including for example “writing practice”.

The doctoral students at the IfZ meet regularly to discuss their common concerns. The IfZ doctoral student speakers are Isabella Radmann and Christina Holzmann.

 

The IfZ Graduate Seminar

The institute hosts a graduate seminar in Munich, which is available to all doctoral candidates and those writing Master’s theses or the like at the IfZ or under supervision of an IfZ professor. Guests can also attend the seminar. In addition to the introduction and discussion of ongoing theses, discussions are held on theory and methods in the field of history. The seminar is led by Thomas Raithel, Thomas Schlemmer, Elke Seefried, or Andreas Wirsching, and as a rule takes place every other week during the semester period.

 

Teaching Activities of our Researchers

The connection between the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) and universities is particularly strengthened by the IfZ research staff members of professorial rank, who help supervise junior researchers. The professors and university lecturers of the institute teach at the Universities of Augsburg, Chemnitz, Mainz, Munich, Münster, and Potsdam in addition to staff with part-time teaching assignments at other universities. These activities have led to a network for the benefit of the institute, universities, and students.

 

IfZ Doctoral Student Day

The IfZ Doctoral Student Day took place for the first time in autumn 2018, providing a platform for IfZ doctoral students to discuss their dissertation projects in individual conversations with IfZ researchers. This format was conceived and organized by the doctoral students (and their speakers) themselves and received the express support of the institute direction. Many IfZ senior staff made use of the opportunity to have more in-depth discussions with young IfZ researchers. The Doctoral Student Day, which will now occur annually, raises the profile of the research of young historians and boosts collegial ties and academic exchange within the institute.

 

International Networking

Building on tried and tested doctoral seminars, which go back to the director’s former teaching activities in Augsburg, the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History established a doctoral student network in 2012, which not only connects the PhD students working at the IfZ more closely with each other, but is especially successful when it comes to bringing about a regular exchange with the junior researchers of other universities. The network connects the IfZ with the Departments of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Bonn (Prof. Joachim Scholtyseck) and University of Mainz (Prof. Andreas Rödder) and with the Department of German Contemporary History at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Prof. Hélène Miard-Delacroix). Once a year, there is an international doctoral colloquium over the course of several days, which brings together the doctoral students of the IfZ and those universities.

Writing Practice Seminar

The IfZ has been offering a writing practice seminar since 2007. It has taken place once each year in Aldersbach, Lower Bavaria under the auspices of the editors of the journal Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. Under the guidance of experienced authors, young scholars – generally doctoral students – have the opportunity to learn the principles of excellent academic writing. Many junior researchers have already participated in the event, which has also become an important addition to the work of the institute.

 

Further information on the writing practice seminar

The Following Doctoral Candidates are Active at the IfZ

  Felix Berge

Felix Berge, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
berge@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/411150114
Details

  Kristin Bohms

Kristin Bohms, M.A.

Function
Researcher (Universität Münster) / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
bohms@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/452084-112
Details

  Isabella Dill

Isabella Dill, M.A.

Function
Research Assistant / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
dill@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
Details

  Moritz Fischer

Moritz Fischer, M.A.

Function
Researcher (Universität Münster) / Doctoral Candidate (IfZ)
Location
Munich
Email
fischer@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/452084-113
Details

  Sophie Friedl

Sophie Friedl, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
friedl@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/4111501-11
Details

Helena Gand, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Berlin Center for Cold War Studies
Email
gand@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
030/55574099-5
Details

  Christina Holzmann

Christina Holzmann, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
holzmann@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
Details

  Wolf-Rüdiger Knoll

Wolf-Rüdiger Knoll, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Berlin Research Department
Email
knoll@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
030/555740996
Details

  Eva Lütkemeyer

Eva Lütkemeyer, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
luetkemeyer@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/4111501-27
Details

  Susanne Maslanka

Susanne Maslanka, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Berlin Center for Cold War Studies
Email
maslanka@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
030/555740995
Details

  Manuel Mork

Manuel Mork, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
mork@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/411150114
Details

Mirjam Neuhoff (geb. Spandri), M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
neuhoff@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/5527907-15
Details

  Izabela Paszko

Izabela Paszko, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
paszko@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/540499916
Details

  Elisabeth Perzl

Elisabeth Perzl

Function
Research Assistant / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
perzl@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/4111501-11
Details

  Sebastian Peters

Sebastian Peters, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
s.peters@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/12688-252
Details

  Willi Schrenk

Willi Schrenk, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Berlin Center for Cold War Studies
Email
schrenk@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
030/55574099-2
Details

  Tobias Wals

Tobias Wals, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
wals@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/5527907-15
Details

  Martin Wiesche

Martin Wiesche

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
wiesche@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/5527907-15
Details

  Julia Ziegler

Julia Ziegler, M.A.

Function
Researcher / Doctoral Candidate
Location
Munich
Email
ziegler@ifz-muenchen.de
Phone
089/411150126
Details



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