Julia Obertreis

Julia Obertreis


Professor at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, focusing on the history of Eastern Europe, FAU Erlangen


Julia Obertreis has led the Chair of Modern and Contemporary East European History since 2012, after finishing her habilitation process in modern history in Freiburg, and her PhD in history at the FU Berlin and working as an academic council member in Modern and Eastern European History at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg. Among other things, she has been chairperson (2015-2021) and is on the board of the Association of Eastern European Historians e.V. as well as part of the editorial board of the journal Slavic Review and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Research Information Service (FID) of Eastern, East-Central and Southeastern Europe since 2018.

Research Focus:

  • Russian Empire and the Soviet Union as empires and multi-ethnic empires, (focus on Central Asia)
  • Infrastructure and environmental history (focus on water infrastructure)
  • Global history and Eastern European history
  • Media, cultural and social history of the People’s Republic of Poland
  • Oral history as a method and related to socialist societies

Motivation as a part of the network:

Publications linked to the network:

  • Imperial Desert Dreams. Cotton Growing and Irrigation in Central Asia, 1860–1991. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2017 (=Cultural and Social History of Eastern Europe/ Kulturund Sozialgeschichte Osteuropas, 8).
  • “Karrieren, Patronage und „Infrastrukturpoesie“. Dimensionen der Infrastrukturgeschichte am Beispiel des russländischen und sowjetischen Zentralasien.“ In Wasserinfrastrukturen und Macht von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart = Historische Zeitung, Sonderheft 63, edited by Birte Förster and Martin Bauch, 232-265. Berlin u.a. 2015

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