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Dr. Gregor Feindt

Member of the academic staff, Department of History
Room: 05 312
Phone: +49 6131 39 39369
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154


Personal Details:

Gregor Feindt joined the Leibniz Institute of European History in 2014. In 2015/2016, he was Visiting Professor for history and culture of East Central Europe with a focus on Poland at the University of Bremen.
Gregor studied Eastern European and Modern History, and Slavonic Studies in Bonn and Cracow (Jagiellonian University) and completed a PhD at Bonn on national discourse in Central European Samizdat. His thesis was awarded the Fritz Theodor Epstein-Preis of the Verband der Osteuropahistorikerinnen und –historiker in 2014 and the Johannes-Zilkens-Promotionspreis of the German Academic National Foundation in 2015.

Research Interest:

Gregor is a historian of Central Europe and concentrates on the transnational history of the twentieth century, especially with regard to Czechoslovakia and Poland. He is interested in conceptual history and the history of ideas in action. In his new project, he enquires into the experience of work and labour in industrial towns in Czechoslovakia. Gregor also works on memory studies, both from a methodological and empirical perspective, and has published on German and Polish sports history.

Selected Publications:

Auf der Suche nach politischer Gemeinschaft: Oppositionelles Denken zur Nation im ostmitteleuropäischen Samizdat 1976–1992 [Seeking Political Community: Oppositional Political Thought towards the Nation in Eastern Central European Samizdat] (Ordnungssysteme 47), Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2015

Sport under Unexpected Circumstances: Violence, Discipline, and Leisure in Penal and Internment Camps (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz: Beihefte 119), edited with Anke Hilbrenner and Dittmar Dahlmann, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2018, Open Access

Making and Unmaking Socialist Modernities: Seven Interventions into the Writing of Contemporary History on Central and Eastern Europe, in: European History Yearbook 19 (2018), pp. 133–154,Open Access

Eine »ideale Industriestadt« für »neue tschechische Menschen«: Baťas Zlín zwischen Planung und Alltag, 1925–1945 [An »Ideal Industrial Town« for »New Czechoslovak Men«: Baťa’s Zlín between Planning and Every-Day Life], in Kulturelle Souveränität – Politische Deutungs‐ und Handlungsmacht jenseits des Staates im 20. Jahrhundert [Cultural Souvereignty: Epistemic and Perfomative Power beyond the Nation State in the 20th Century], edited by Gregor Feindt, Bernhard Gißibl, and Johannes Paulmann, (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz: Beihefte 112), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017, pp. 109–131

From ‘Flight and Expulsion’ to Migration: Contextualising German Victims of Forced Migration, in European Review of History/ Revue européenne d'histoire 24 (2017), pp. 552-577


Industrial Lifes. Towns, Biographies and the Negotiation of Modernity in Czechoslovakia, 1920-1960

Industrial towns such as Brno, Ostrava or Zlín produced new and controversial ideas of modern life, both as the utopian concept of progress and as the caricature of dehumanisation. Here, companies, workers, and intellectuals presented specific and competing understandings of modern human society that developed beyond the radical regime changes of the twentieth century. The project studies how such actors contested and decontested the concepts of work and industrial life between 1920 and 1960.