Philipp Ther

Philipp Ther is a professor and the head of the University of Vienna’s Institute for Eastern European History.

He studied in Germany and the USA before taking up a position as a research assistant in the Freie Universität’s Centre for the Comparative History of Europe in Berlin. In 2002, he then became a junior professor for Polish and Ukrainian Studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder and was subsequently appointed as a professor of European history of the 20th century at the European University Institute in Florence, where he stayed until moving to the University of Vienna in 2010.

His most recent publication Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent. Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa [The New Order on the Old Continent. A History of Neoliberal Europe] (Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014) was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair’s non-fiction prize in 2015 and his previous publications include, amongst others, The Dark Side of Nation States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe (New York: Berghahn Press, 2014 (German 2011, Polish 2012)) and Centre Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in 19th Century Central Europe (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2014 (Czech 2008)).

Philipp Ther’s research focuses primarily on: the history of the transition since the 1980s; the social and cultural history of Central Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries: music and history; the study of comparative nationalisms; ethnic cleansing; historical theory; and, in particular, comparative studies and the transfer of culture.

Information valid as of summer 2016.