Dr. Corinne Geering

GWZO Junior Research Group leader
+49 (0) 341 97 35 518


Corinne Geering completed her undergraduate studies  in philosophy, theatre studies and Slavonic literatures in Zurich, Bern and Prague and holds a Master’s Degree in World Arts and Slavonic Languages and Literatures from the Center for Cultural Studies of the University of Bern. In 2018, she obtained her PhD in history from the University of Giessen where she was a scholarship holder at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC). Her thesis »Building a Common Past: World Heritage in Russia under Transformation, 1965–2000« was awarded two prizes. She has been on research stays in L’viv, Prague, Brno, Paris, Kazan’, Moscow and Petrozavodsk.

Corinne Geering has been a researcher at the GWZO since 2018 and the leader of the junior research group »Contrasting East Central Europe« since 2019.

Work focus

  • Comparative and transregional history from the 19th to the 21st century
  • Transformation and transition studies
  • Rural history in a global context
  • Regional and urban development
  • Material culture and cultural heritage
  • International cooperation during the Cold War

Functions in collaborative research projects

  • Principal investigator of the sub-project »Values of Built Heritage« within the BMBF-funded, collaborative research project »Cities.Building.Culture: Built Heritage in Post-Soviet Urban Development«
  • Coordinator of the Research Lab »Valorisation and Commodification« (with Dr. Torsten Meyer, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum) in the Leibniz Research Alliance »Value of the Past«
  • Collaborator in the research project »Contentious Collections. Rethinking the Legacy of Ethnographic Shows in Central and Eastern Europe« funded by the National Science Centre (NCN) at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw


  • Dr. Herbert Stolzenberg Award for Excellent Dissertation Projects in the Study of Culture, University of Giessen, 2018
  • Dissertation Prize of the Working Group on International History within the German Association of Historians (VHD), 2019
  • Collegium Carolinum Essay Prize 2023 for the research article »‘Is This Not Just Nationalism?’ Disentangling the Threads of Folk Costumes in the History of Central and Eastern Europe« (published in Nationalities Papers, 2022)


Corinne Geering has taught history and cultural studies courses at BA, MA and PhD-level at the University of Leipzig, as well as at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Giessen.

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