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Master of Arts
in European Studies

Chair holder in the winter semester 2020/21


Logenstraße 11

15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

About the Person

Elżbieta Opiłowska is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Regional and Borderland Studies at the University of Wrocław.

She completed her doctorate in 2008 on the topic of "Continuities and Fractures in German-Polish Memory Cultures. Görlitz/Zgorzelec 1945-2006" at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

Her habilitation at the University of Wrocław (2017) dealt with "Transformation processes in the Polish-German borderland from the perspective of European integration - theoretical concepts and empirical analysis".


Her research interests and teaching experience are in the fields of border studies, regional politics of the European Union, collective memory and social identity, European narratives, and German-Polish relations.

As Principal Investigator she is currently leading two research projects:

"Poland and Germany in the European Union. New forms and models of bilateral relations in foreign policy and cross-border cooperation" (funded by the German-Polish Science Foundation)


"(De/Re)Constructing borders - narratives and imaginaries on divided towns in Central Europe in comparative perspective" focusing on Frankfurt (Oder)/Słubice and Cieszyn/Český Těšín (funded by the Polish National Science Center, NCN).

At the European University Viadrina, Opiłowska would like to deepen her teaching experience in the interdisciplinary and cross-faculty programme of the MES and exchange ideas with researchers at the European University Viadrina. She will conduct her empirical research within the NCN project in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.

Selected publications:

Opiłowska, E. et. al. (Hrsg.): Studia nad granicami i pograniczami. Leksykon, Warszawa: Scholar 2020.

Opiłowska, E: La coopération germano-polonaise transfrontalière: une normalisation réussie?, in: Th. Serrier und P.-F. Weber (Hrsg.), Allemagne-Pologne au XXIe siècle: une normalisation inachevée?, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Presses universitaires du Septentrion (=Allemagne d'aujourd'hui, 228, 2019), S. 29-39.

Opiłowska, E.: Reconciliation through Europeanization: Sekundäre Außenpolitik im deutsch-   polnischen Grenzgebiet, in: M. Klatt und B. Wassenberg (Hrsg.), Sekundäre Außenpolitik in den Internationalen Beziehungen vor Ort, in: M. Klatt und B. Wassenberg (Hrsg.).

EO_photo ©Elżbieta Opiłowska


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Alfred Toepfer F.V.S. Stiftung

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Visiting scholarships:

Zentrum für Border Region Studies at the university of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig

Centre for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at the European University Viadrina