The Institute

The Institute of Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies (IdGL) was founded in 1987 as a non-university research institution that reports directly to the Ministry of the Interior of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. Thanks to its clear remit, innovative thematic approach and interdisciplinary focus, IdGL is a research institution of both national and international renown.

Research Fields

Within the framework of its research work on the northern part of South East Europe, the Institute concentrates on what are known as the Danube Swabian settlement areas in the middle part of the Danube basin. These evolved in the course of the Hapsburg settlements and interior colonisation in the territories of the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen from the end of the 17th to the second half of the 19th century.

Annual reports

IdGL issues regular newsletters with an update on the Institute’s activities.