Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 7/2024 by Nina Frieß

Children’s Literature Under Pressure

International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated annually on 2 April with readings, exhibitions and fun activities for children and teens since 1967. In some countries, however, there is little cause for celebration. In Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, children’s literature is in a precarious state, for a variety of reasons.
Spotlight on Ukraine 5 | Helen Pidgorna

Education Across Borders: Ukrainian Refugees’ Perceptions of German Schools

Over 218,000 Ukrainian refugee children are enrolled in German schools. Parents’ perceptions of the main changes in their children’s schooling relate to a shift from teacher-centred education in Ukraine to learner-centred education in Germany. This trend matches the aim of a major school reform in Ukraine.
ZOiS Spotlight 6/2024 by Elmira Muratova

The Lives and Hopes of Crimean Tatars after the 2014 Annexation

The annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 significantly altered the lives of Crimean Tatars, the indigenous Muslim community of Crimea. Now at a distance of ten years, we can trace the waxing and waning of their hopes and coping strategies on the occupied peninsula.
ZOiS Spotlight 5/2024 by Félix Krawatzek

Turkey: A New Hub for Migration from Russia

Large numbers of Russians migrated to Turkey after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russians now constitute the largest migrant group to hold long- and short-term residence permits in Turkey. A new survey looks at their reasons for leaving Russia, their political attitudes and their plans for the future.
Spotlight on Ukraine 4 by Alina Mozolevska

Dealing with the Russian Aggression against Ukraine through Art

Many Ukrainian artists are grappling in their works with the devastating consequences of Russia's attacks on their country. In particular, the destruction and loss of home has emerged as a common visual metaphor for the trauma of war – and a powerful instrument for sharing the pain of that loss with others.
Meet the Author with Irina Busygina

‘The regional governors in Russia are not the victims of the regime’

In their new book ‘Non-Democratic Federalism and Decentralization in Post-Soviet States’, Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov show how modern authoritarian regimes like Russia use supposedly democratic institutions to their benefit and turn them into tools to enable them to survive politically.

Russia's War on Ukraine

It has been two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Our focus gathers relevant information in the form of videos, podcasts, publications and assessments of our experts in the media.

War on Ukraine and cooperation with partners in Russia

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a war of aggression that we condemn in the strongest possible terms. Against this background, we have decided to suspend all institutional cooperations between ZOiS and Russian state institutions. However, in the spirit of academic freedom, the academic partnerships our researchers have established with individual researchers in Russia will continue, as far as this is possible.
Research Clusters

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters: Societies between Stability and Change, Conflict Dynamics and Border Regions, Migration and Diversity, Youth in Eastern Europe, and Political Economy and Integration.


Roundtable Osteuropa

Roundtable Osteuropa is a podcast by the Centre for East European and International Studies. Scholars of ZOiS and their guests discuss their research of Eastern Europe. We consider events in politics and society, while also trying to shed light on lesser-known issues – with insights from sociology, political science, geography, social anthropology, literary studies and theology.


External Academic Publications

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters and publish their result in peer-reviewed journals.