Prof. Dr. Hedwig Wagner

+49 461 805 2623
Gebäude Riga 4 - RIG 407


07/01/2019 - 12/31/2020

University institutions


Gefördert vom BMBF, Förderlinie: Bridge2ERA, Kennwort: MOE18B2EZ2, Förderkennzeichen: 01DS10040

Fördersumme: 98.305 €

  • Förderbereich: Integration der Region Mittelost- und Südosteuropa in den Europäischen Forschungsraum


MEWEB: Media of East/West European border traffic in times of the Cold War


MEWEB, Media, European border, Cold War


The consortium will address the leading question of how the historical experiences of the Cold War and the related media-specific, legal and state structures of the countries of the former Eastern Bloc relate to the history of European integration. In particular, the project investigates the openness to the European integration process in Eastern, Central Eastern, South Eastern and Western Europe. Furthermore, the project is dedicated to their willingness to actively propagate, legally protect and guarantee European values such as democracy, freedom of the press and opinion as well as human rights in their own country, within the European community and on an international level. The former Soviet bloc countries have fought for these rights during the peaceful revolutions. For this reason, it will be analysed to what extent discursive, technological as well as material, state as well as subversive (infra-) structures in the Cold War promoted or impeded the development of different forms of willingness to participate in the European integration process. The consortium will consist of thirteen excellent researchers from three Western and four Eastern European countries from cultural and social sciences, so that in addition to internationality, both the internal and external perspectives are guaranteed to be comparative, then integrative. Above all, the fundamental division of state and civil society, as reflected in the existence of clandestine underground networks, dissident movements and an increasing fragmentation of public and private space in Central and Southeastern Europe, has been addressed so far a research desideratum. Thus, the fragmented publics, the divergent tendencies and degrees of adaptation as well as the isolation strategies stand in the centre of this research.

                    Project partner                       
Prof. Andrzej Kozieł, Uniwersytet Warszawski                00-927 Warschau  Polen                                                   

Dr. Joanna Walewska, Uniwersytet Mikołaja


87-100 Torun


Open Society Archiv (OSA), Central European University, ggf. Prof Istvan Rév1051 Budapest Ungarn
Prof. Camelia Beciu, Universitatea din București030018 Bukarest Rumänien
Dr. Spero Paravantis, University of Luxembourg4365 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxemburg
Prof. Thomas Wegener Friis, Syddansk Universitet5230 Odense Dänemark
Prof. Joanna Nowicki, Université de Cergy- Pontoise95000 Cergy-Pontoise Frankreich
Dr. Dana Popescu-Jourdy Université Lumière Lyon 269007 Lyon Frankreich
Dr. Joanna Szylko-Kwas, Uniwersystet Warszawski00-927 Warschau Polen
Dr. Luciana Radut-Gaghi, Université de Cergy Pontoise95000 Cergy-Pontoise Frankreich