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Annual DGO conference 2013
Annual DGO conference 2013Lavon Volski in concert
Lavon Volski in concertRuprecht Polenz, President of the DGO
Ruprecht Polenz, President of the DGOGerman-Ukrainian Parliamentary Friendship Group
German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Friendship GroupBook reading and debate with Valentin Akudovich
Book reading and debate with Valentin Akudovich

German Association for East European Studies

The German Association for East European Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, DGO) is the largest network within the German speaking realm engaged in research on East European affairs. Since 1913, the DGO has been active as a forum for the discussion and analysis of politics, economics, and culture in Europe’s East. It provides information about current developments, serves as a conduit of knowledge, and promotes dialogue between East and West. DGO members are important multipliers from academia, politics, commerce and industry, cultural life, and the media. The DGO is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Berlin, and a member of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES).

The association’s work includes:

Eight sections within the DGO promote academic exchange in the fields of Geography, History, Pedagogy, Politics, Law, Religion, Slavic Studies, and Economics.

Furthermore, over 20 branch offices serve as regional platforms for East-West dialogue in Bamberg, Bochum, Bremen, Cologne-Bonn, Dresden-Freiberg, Düsseldorf, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Frankfurt (Oder), Freiburg, Giessen-Marburg, Göttingen-Kassel, Hamburg, Jena, Kiel, Konstanz, Leipzig, Mainz, Munich, Münster, Regensburg, Salzburg and Tübingen. See here for contact details.

Each year, the German Association for East European Studies awards the Klaus-Mehnert-Prize to outstanding young scholars.



The journal Osteuropa analyses East European politics and culture, economies and societies as part of the globalised world. Issues devoted to single topics put problems in a comparative perspective, while the issues dedicated to specific countries provide orientation for the expansion of European thinking to the East. Elaborate maps open up new perspectives. As reference works, the journal’s special issues makes basic knowledge on a broad range of topics available: from the politics of memory to Central Asia, from economics to literature.

Osteuropa Recht

The journal Osteuropa Recht examines the legal systems of the countries of East Central and Eastern Europe as well as research on legal questions involving Europe’s East. The journal’s analytical focus is on public law and commercial law, the jurisprudence of national constitutional courts, and international court decisions affecting the countries in question.

Country Analyses

Free, online information services offer regular analyses, facts, and chronicles of events in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The country analyses are published by the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University and the DGO, in collaboration with different partners and sponsors.


Ruprecht Polenz

Prof. Dr. Jan Kusber
Head of the department East European history at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz
Executive Board Member
Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt
Viadrina University, Frankfurt/ Oder

Prof. Dr. Caroline von Gall
Institute of Eastern European and Comparative Law, University Cologne

Dr. phil. Sabine Fischer
Head of Research Division: Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner
Director of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Birgit Menzel
Institute Slavonic Studies, Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germersheim

Prof. Dr. Stefan Troebst
Institute of Slavic Studies of Leipzig University and Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO)

Prof. Dr. Alfred Sproede
Executive Director of the Slavic-Baltic Seminar, University of Münster

Contact Information

Dr. Gabriele Freitag
Executive Director

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e.V.
Schaperstraße 30 — 10719 Berlin
+49 (0)30/214 784 12
+49 (0)30/214 784 14
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