The Department’s research focus is on Polish-German relations, Germany and Austria. Core research revolves around the topic ‘Polish and German interests: convergence and discrepancies before and after 1989’. Moreover, members of the Department conduct their own research and carry out individual projects. The Department publishes a scientific journal ‘Polish-German Yearbook’.
The work carried out in the Department is interdisciplinary, integrating research in the field of history, sociology and political science. Particular emphasis is put on the link between historical analysis (extremely important for research on Polish-German relations) and reflection on key issues of contemporary politics inspired by political science and sociology.
Our core objective is to analyze the definition and realization of national interests by Poland and Germany. In order to do this, we look at two sensitive areas as case studies: 1) issues of ethnicity and multiculturalism in a nation-state and 2) foreign policy, with particular focus on Polish-German relations in the Central European context.