Florian Kührer-Wielach is an Austrian historian of contemporary and Eastern Europe. After studying history and Romance studies in Vienna and Cluj-Napoca/Klausenburg, he was an assistant at the Initiativkolleg "European Historical Dictatorship and Transformation Research" at the University of Vienna from 2009 to 2012, followed by a fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz. In 2013, he received his PhD from the University of Vienna with a thesis on Romania in the interwar period. In the same year, he took up a position as a research associate at the Institute for German Culture and History of Southeastern Europe at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (IKGS), of which he has been director since 2015. He is the editor of the journals "Spiegelungen. Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas" and "Halbjahresschrift für Geschichte und Zeitgeschehen in Zentral- und Südosteuropa" as well as co-editor of the academic book series of the IKGS.
Kührer-Wielach researches on transformation history in Central and Southeastern Europe, minorities in and from the Danube-Carpathian region, especially on the history of the German or German-speaking groups of the Danube Monarchy, National Socialism and its continuities after 1945, secret service files, confessionalization and denominationalism, and coming to terms with communism.
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