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Dr. Robert Luft

Senior Researcher, in charge of the Biographical Collection

Subject: History
E-Mail: robert.luft[at]


Research Areas

Political history of the Habsburg Monarchy and Czechoslovakia, in particular Czech and German parliamentary and political party history
Civil society of East Central Europe
Social and economic history in Central Europe from the early modern period to the twentieth century
Inter-ethnical relations in European border regions
Educational history in the Bohemian lands and Czechoslovakia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Jewish history in Central and East Central Europe since the early modern period


Personal Data

  • Born in 1956
  • Studied history, Eastern European history, mathematics and economics  in Mainz and Vienna
  • Study visits in Berlin, Prague, Brno, and Vienna
  • Since April 1990: Research assistant at the Collegium Carolinum
  • 1991-2006: Managing Director of the Collegium Carolinum
  • Since 1996: Lectureships at the University of Regensburg, the University of  Passau, and the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich
  • Since 1997: Organizer of the annual "Bohemisten-Treffen" (a platform for the presentation of works in progress, open to everyone with a special interest in the past and present of the Bohemian Lands)




  • 2005: recipient of the Central European and Anton Gindely Prize (Institute for the Danube Area and Central Europe / Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Culture) for the research project "Social Structures in Bohemia"
  • 2013: recipient of the Science Award of the Margaretha Lupac Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy, Austrian National Council Vienna, for the book „Parlamentarische Führungsgruppen und politische Strukturen in der tschechischen Gesellschaft. Tschechische Abgeordnete und Parteien des österreichischen Reichsrats 1907–1914“ (VCC 102)
  • 2014 awarded the Palacký Medal for services to history at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague





Selected publications


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