Order Change and Cultural Diversity

This research area focuses on the diverse social orders and changes in order in Southeastern Europe. The focus is particularly on multicultural regions of the former Yugoslavia in the 20th century.

The research projects started in 2021 deal with the political, economic and social transformation processes from the 1980s onwards. The research approaches are interdisciplinary and address, for example, changes in order and everyday life, cultural border-making and ideas of order, property systems and system change, using theories and methods from the cultural and social sciences.”


Current research projects

Property Orders in Vojvodina at the End of the 20th Century
The project focuses on continuities and ruptures in the property regime of the Vojvodina region from the 1980s onwards. Starting from the period around 1989, there is also a reflection on earlier historical periods of transformation in the region, especially 1918 and 1945. The main interest of the project is the analysis of the connection between the change in the property order, the cultural diversity and the political system change. Relevant here seems to be the structure of property relations between private individuals, companies, institutions, region and state. The project aims at establishing an international scientific network of researchers on the topic of property in Vojvodina and beyond.
Cities in Transition

The project focuses on transformation processes in selected cities in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s. Cities are understood as administrative, economic, and cultural centers and thus spaces of diverse social developments. As crystallization points of different and interlocking practices and discourses, they are places of initiation of economic, cultural and political change. The main concern of the project is to make visible the actors of change on the macro and micro level and thus the mechanisms of transformation "from below". An edited volume is currently being prepared as part of the project.

Leiterin des Forschungsbereichs

PD Dr. Daniela Simon