Student Orientation Event

Melanie Malzahn and Tijana Krstić at the CEU Auditorium

©Jessica Knowles

"To make a change in the research and education landscape in Austria"

The year began with an exciting student orientation event for the Cluster of Excellence in January 2024. The event, organized by board members Melanie Malzahn (University of Vienna) and Tijana Krstić (Central European University), provided an opportunity for students to learn more about the Cluster's resources and support, and how these can help them excel in their academic pursuits.

If you were unable to attend the event, here are the key takeaways:

"Interdisciplinary work is much valuable and will make you a better researcher"

Interdisciplinary work and support for young scholars is a key part of the Cluster's mission and approach. By encouraging students to participate in interdisciplinary projects and providing them with the resources and support they need to succeed, it aims to create a stimulating and enriching environment that will help students become better researchers. 

"We want our scholars to be aware of the methodology they use when preparing their research questions, and we want their work to have a global impact"

The Cluster prioritises the use of rigorous methodology when working with historical sources, particularly those written in different languages. To assist young scholars in this pursuit, the Cluster offers language courses to facilitate the acquisition of necessary languages, as well as a PhD seminar in methodology. These resources encourage young scholars to gain a comprehensive understanting of historical sources and utilise them for innovative research. The Cluster emphasises its dedication to promoting rigorous and responsible scholarship, as well as cultivating a culture of excellence in research and education through this approach. Furthermore, the Cluster believes it is important to take a critical and reflective approach to its own practices, engage with diverse perspectives, and foster a more nuanced and inclusive approach to Eurasian studies that serves the need and interests of all stakeholders. 

"Become a Member"

Attending the Cluster's public events, such as lectures and seminars, is an excellent way to get involved in its research activities. To become an affiliated member, you need to submit an application that includes a 1-3 page letter explaining how your research aligns with the Cluster's focus areas and which research nodes or transversal groups you can contribute to, along with your CV.

After submitting your application, the next step is to reach out to Key Researchers at your own and other institutions who are working on projects related to your research interests. These researchers can serve as a gateway to participation in the Cluster's research projects.

By becoming an affiliated member, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines and institutions, and contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of Eurasian studies.


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Pictures from the event