Collegium Carolinum (Institute)

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The Collegium Carolinum e. V. (short form: CC) is a research center for the Bohemian countries with headquarters in the Sudeten German House in Munich. The name refers to the main building of the Prague Charles University , founded in 1348 , the German part of which, the Karl Ferdinand University , was closed in 1945 by the Czechoslovak authorities. The Collegium Carolinum is partly linked to the history of the Karl Ferdinand University.


The scientific institute in Munich is supported by the registered non-profit association of the same name , with financial support from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art . According to its statutes, the CC has the task of conducting historical, contemporary and cultural research in various fields on the Bohemian countries, the Czech and Slovak Republics and Czechoslovakia in a European context. The subject is both the problems that arise from the coexistence of the peoples of this area as well as the general social, legal, historical, cultural and economic development including the fate of the expelled Sudeten Germans and the various exile groups.


The CC was founded in Munich in 1956. The founding members include:

Locations and employees

The CC brings together more than 40 scientists from various disciplines from the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, the Czech and Slovak Republics, France and the United States, whose research is focused on the Bohemian countries. The institute in Munich has academic staff, mainly from the field of history. In Munich, the Collegium functions as an affiliated institute of the Ludwig Maximilians University . In addition, there is the “ Sudeten German Dictionary ” branch in Giessen , in which three German scholars work. There are also employees working on third-party funded projects.

In addition to the headquarters in Munich and the research center in Gießen, there has also been a branch in Prague since October 2018, which is intended to further link German and Czech research; The CC shares the premises with the local branch of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw .

Ferdinand Seibt was chairman of the association from 1980 until his death in 2003 . He was followed by Martin Schulze Wessel ; Martin Zückert is the managing director.

Research work

With the Bad Wiesseer conferences , the Munich bohemist meetings , the Munich Friday seminars as well as special research conferences and project workshops, the institute reaches the professional and broader public.

In addition to prosopographical and editorial projects, the research activities of the institute currently focus on the following topics:

  • the history of Czechoslovakia 1918–1992 (with the fields of work: state, trade unions and industrial workers in the communist era; phases and forms of transformation since 1918; discourses in Czech journalism 1945/48)
  • the development of societies and mentalities in the 19th and early 20th centuries (category of the national; art, identity and emancipatory processes; political and national culture)
  • the integration of the Bohemian countries in European references through comparative and relationship history studies on East Central European development in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Contemporary history of Czechoslovakia since 1945.
  • Religious history of the Bohemian countries and Czechoslovakia
  • The history of remembrance and memory of the Czech Republic in an international context
  • History of civil society in the Czech lands


The institute's extensive publication activities include:



  • Biographical lexicon on the history of the Bohemian countries (in deliveries 1974 ff., So far three volumes)
  • Sudeten German dictionary - dictionary of German dialects in Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia (in deliveries 1982 ff., So far 4 volumes)
  • Handbook of the History of the Bohemian Lands (1967–1974)
  • Local Lexicon of the Bohemian Lands 1910–1965 (1995)


  • Publications of the Collegium Carolinum , since 1958, so far 131 volumes (2015), Lerche, Munich 1958–1969, Oldenbourg , Munich 1970–2012, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , Göttingen ISSN  0530-9794 .
  • Bad Wiesseer Tagungen (1969 ff., So far 22 volumes)
  • Life pictures on the history of the Bohemian countries (1974 ff., So far 7 volumes)

Cooperations and memberships (selection)

The CC is a member of the Working Group of Historical Research Institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany . V. (AHF).

The institute participates in the Bavarian Research Association for Eastern and Southeastern Europe ( FOROST ) and in the elite course "Eastern European Studies" approved by the Bavarian State Government in 2004.

further activities

The other activities of the Collegium Carolinum include in particular:

  • the awarding and supervision of research contracts
  • cooperation or development and elaboration of joint research projects with the Czech and Slovak historians, especially with scientific institutions and universities in the Czech and Slovak Republics
  • the coordination of research on the Bohemian countries in Germany and on an international level
  • Support and advice for domestic and foreign academics and students
  • scientific review
  • Development of archive material and expansion of biographical, philological and art historical collections on a national and international level (Czech exile journals 1945–1970)
  • Supervision of editing projects (German legation reports from Prague 1918–1938; letters and documents on the history of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy: The Constitution-Loyal Large Estate 1880–1918)
  • Management and expansion of the scientific library, which with more than 160,000 bibliographical units forms the largest special collection on the history of the Bohemian countries and Czechoslovakia in the Federal Republic and in Western Europe


For the history of the CC there are u. a. the following publications:


  1. ^ Hans Lemberg: Universities in National Competition. Oldenbourg, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-486-56392-0 .
  2. Tobias Wenger: National struggle without end. Sudeten German Organizations 1945–1955. Frankfurt am Main 2008, p. 585.
  3. Self-description of the institute on its homepage. Collegium Carolinum, accessed May 4, 2020 .
  4. Newsletter of the Collegium Carolinum 26/2018 - Branch Office Prague. Retrieved May 4, 2020 .
  5. ^ Verlag Robert Lerche, Munich (Volume 1–25) PDF, 3 pages.

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