Dr. K. Erik Franzen

German, Czech and Slovak teaching materials and Academic Office of the German Section of the German-Czech and German-Slovak Historians' Commission


Subject: History
E-Mail: erik.franzen[at]collegium-carolinum.de

Research Areas

European migration studies
Expellee organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany
The history of the Sudeten Germans in the 20th century
GDR history
The history of memory

Personal Data

  • Born in 1964
  • Studied history, political science and philosophy at the universities in Osnabrück, Münster and Cologne
  • 2008: Doctorate at the university Osnabrück with the dissertation "Die Schirmherrschaft Bayerns über die Sudetendeutschen (1954-1974)" (The patronage of Bavaria for the Sudeten Germans (1954-1974))
  • Since 1999: freelance journalist writing on cultural issues (Frankfurter Rundschau, taz, Berliner Zeitung, Monopol, etc.)
  • 1999-2007: Research Assistant and Director of the biographical collection of the Collegium Carolinum
  • 2003-2005: Project Assistant at the Collegium Carolinum as a part of the research project "Discourses of Victim Associations"
  • 2007-2010: Scholarship holder of the German-Czech and German-Slovak Commission of Historians
  • 2011-2015: project researcher at the Collegium Carolinum working on the case study: "Hoyerswerda as a melting pot? Local remembrance processes in a post-socialist industrial city since 1989"
  • since 2016: member of academic staff at Collegium Carolinum
  • from 2017 Academic Secretariat for the German Section of the German-Czech and German-Slovak Historical Commission
  • Project "Oral History CC"



Historical Commission for the Bohemian Lands


Selected Publications