German Association for East European Studies

The German Association for East European Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, DGO) is the largest network within the German speaking realm engaged in research on East European affairs. Since 1913, the DGO has been active as a forum for the discussion and analysis of politics, economics, and culture in Europe’s East. It provides information about current developments, serves as a conduit of knowledge, and promotes dialogue between East and West. DGO members are important multipliers from academia, politics, commerce and industry, cultural life, and the media. The DGO is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Berlin, and a member of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES).

The association’s work includes:

  • academic conferences and congresses for experts and the general public
  • publishing of two academic journals, as well as a variety of regular regional analysis
  • networking and the mediation of experts
  • the advancement of young academics.

Seven sections within the DGO promote academic exchange in the fields of Economics, Geography, History, Law, Literary and Cultural Studies, Political and Social Sciences, and Religion.

Furthermore, over 20 branch offices serve as regional platforms for East-West dialogue in Bamberg, Bochum, Bremen, Cologne-Bonn, Dresden-Freiberg, Düsseldorf, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Frankfurt (Oder), Freiburg, Giessen-Marburg, Göttingen-Kassel, Hamburg, Jena, Kiel, Konstanz, Leipzig, Mainz, Munich, Münster, Regensburg, Salzburg and Tübingen. See here for contact details.

Each year, the German Association for East European Studies awards the Klaus-Mehnert-Prize to outstanding young scholars.



The journal Osteuropa analyses East European politics and culture, economies and societies as part of the globalised world. Issues devoted to single topics put problems in a comparative perspective, while the issues dedicated to specific countries provide orientation for the expansion of European thinking to the East. Elaborate maps open up new perspectives. As reference works, the journal’s special issues makes basic knowledge on a broad range of topics available: from the politics of memory to Central Asia, from economics to literature.

Osteuropa Recht

The journal Osteuropa Recht examines the legal systems of the countries of East Central and Eastern Europe as well as research on legal questions involving Europe’s East. The journal’s analytical focus is on public law and commercial law, the jurisprudence of national constitutional courts, and international court decisions affecting the countries in question.

Country Analyses

Free, online information services offer regular analyses, facts, and chronicles of events in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The country analyses are published by the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University and the DGO, in collaboration with different partners and sponsors.


Ruprecht Polenz

Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse
Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and Einstein-Professor for Comparative Democracy and Authoritarianism Research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr. Sabine Fischer
Senior Fellow, Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Team Leader "Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia", Goethe-Institut Moscow

Prof. Dr. Caroline von Gall
Professor at the Department of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer
Professor of Eastern European History at the University of Jena, Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg

Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz
Professor of Institutional Economics at the University of Bremen

Bärbel Schmidt-Šakić
Editor at ZDF, Mainz

Prof. Dr. Anja Tippner
Professor of Slavic Literary Studies at the University of Hamburg

Dr. Susann Worschech
Research Assistant in the Master's Program European Studies at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

Contact Information

Dr. Gabriele Freitag
Executive Director

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e.V.
Schaperstraße 30 — 10719 Berlin
+49 (0)30/214 784 12
+49 (0)30/214 784 14
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Bank details

Commerzbank Berlin
IBAN: DE 85 1008 0000 0414 8630 00
Donations are tax deductible.

Tax identification number: 27/640/51361