Koerber Fellowship

The Körber Foundation and the Institute for Human Sciences jointly awarded Visiting Fellowships and Junior Visiting Fellowshipon "History and Memory in Europe" from 2004-2008.

The objective was to support projects that contribute to a trans-national perspective on modern European history. They should not consider Europe as a given territorial entity but as a historical experience, a cultural imagination, and/or a political point of reference. By focusing on the discursive construction of Europe, projects were particularly invited to reflect on the role of historiography as well as the position and significance of memory. This included in particular analyses of the different ways in which history, historiography and memory were used and abused for political purposes and discourses of exclusiveness in the European context. Interdisciplinary approaches were highly welcome.

The six-month fellowships enabled junior and senior scholars to work in Vienna on a research project of their choice within the framework of the objective. The fellows participated in the scholarly community and activities of the IWM.

Presented below is a selection of fellowships. As this is a past program we are working through our archives to ensure that fellows and fellowships are represented accurately. If you were a junior or senior fellow under this program, please do get in touch with us.


If you would like to receive any information about this or any other past program, please contact fellowships@iwm.at

The Körber Fellowships were named after German businessman Kurt A. Körber (1909-1992), founder of the Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH and the Körber Foundation that financed them. 


  • Why History Matters: Women's Road To Citizenship South Eastern Europe (1840s-2006) and the Construction of Historical Memory , -
  • Disinheriting the Cities: Re-Imagining Cityscape in Lviv and Wrocław, 1944/45-2006.Official Strategies and Social Responses. , -
  • Archival Memories. Preserving Pasts and Cultural Transmissions between Italy and West Germany (1945 – 1970) , -
  • A trans-national focus on national historiographies: Europe in the 20th century , -
  • Erkenntniskritik, Wissenschaftskritik, Gesellschaftskritik – Positionen von Donna Haraway und Theodor W. Adorno kontrovers diskutiert , -