Bayerische und Schwäbische Landesgeschichte

Welcome to the website of the chair of Bavarian and Swabian Regional History


We at the chair of Bavarian and Swabian Regional History base our research as well as our teaching on a multi-disciplinary, comparative approach that transcends geographical borders. The starting point for our studies is the German federal state of Bavaria, in particular its administrative district Swabia, with areas of interest chronologically extending from medieval to recent times and encompassing social, cultural, gender, political as well as economic history.

We use the regional approach for micro-historical studies, in order to uncover the interconnectedness of the localized and the national or even the global, discovering the big in the small and the small in the big, and also to reveal the small as a notable and important part of the big. In doing so, we develop leading questions which transcend both small-scale space and historical disciplines. Our research projects are often part of national and international collaborations.

Starting from a comparative, micro-historical, and biographical method based on local, regional, and federal history, we focus on business and corporate history, on the history of migration, remigration and integration, on the history of transnational correlations between Germany and East Central Europe, on the cultural and social history of medicine and psychiatry, and on the theory of cultural studies. We also teach Public History, particularly with regard to our close connections with museum projects such as the Documentation Center of National Socialism in Munich (NS-Dokumentationszentrum München).