Dr. Steffi Marung

Dr. Steffi Marung

Research Fellow

Global and European Studies Institute
Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1, Room  3.13
04105 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30232


Steffi Marung is director of the Global and European Studies Institute of Leipzig University and PI of “’Free radicals’? Political mobilities and post-colonial processes of re-spatialization in the second half of the 20th century“ at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 at Leipzig University.

Specializing on global connections of Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, she teaches global history at Leipzig and Addis Ababa University. Holding a PhD in Global Studies from Leipzig University, she studied political science and German literature in Halle, Berlin and Prague. Currently, her research addresses more broadly socialist mobilities of activists and experts from Eastern Europe and the Global South during the 20th century, as well as debates on international development with a focus on the "agrarian question", while she works on a book project investigating Soviet African Studies during the Cold War.

Professional career

  • since 04/2022
    Acting Director of the Global and European Studies Institute
  • 01/2020 - 04/2022
    Senior Researcher and Director M.A. Program "Global Studies" at the Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University
  • since 01/2020
    Principal Investigator of “’Free radicals’? Political mobilities and post-colonial processes of re-spatialization in the second half of the 20th century“ at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 at Leipzig University
  • 01/2016 - 12/2019
    Senior Researcher, Central Project at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 at Leipzig University.
  • 01/2015 - 03/2015
    PostDoc Fellow at the German Historical Institute, Moscow, Russia
  • 06/2015 - 09/2015
    PostDoc Fellow at the Fondation Maison des Siences de l’Homme, Paris, France
  • 10/2014 - 07/2019
    Co-Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded international research project “Socialism Goes Global” (led by Prof. James Mark, University of Exeter, UK)
  • since 10/2012
    Lecturer at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University
  • 01/2011 - 12/2015
    Senior Researcher, Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University
  • since 01/2012
    Lecturer at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Research Academy Leipzig
  • 01/2006 - 12/2010
    Junior Researcher, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO), Leipzig (now: Leibniz-Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe)
  • since 10/2006
    Lecturer, Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University


  • 11/2011
    PhD in "Global Studies" at Leipzig University, published as "Die wandernde Grenze. Die EU, Polen und der globale Wandel politischer Räume, 1990-2010" (Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht 2013)
  • 05/2005 - 03/2009
    PhD program at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Research Academy University Leipzig
  • 09/2004
    M.A Political Science and German Literature, University of Halle-Wittenberg
  • 09/1997 - 07/2004
    Studies in Political Science and German Literature at University of Halle-Wittenberg, Humboldt University Berlin, Charles University in Prague

Panel Memberships

  • since 01/2021
    Editor-in-Chief "Migration and Development" (Routledge)
  • since 08/2020
    Member in the Jean-Monnet-Centre of Excellence at Leipzig University „The European Union and its rural peripheries in East Central Europe - Perceptions, practices and potentials of EU citizenship" (2020-2023)
  • since 03/2020
    Principal Investigator at the Leibniz ScienceCampus „Eastern Europe – Global Area“, Research Area “Mobilities and Migration Regimes in Eastern Europe under the Global Condition“
  • since 01/2020
    Member of the Editorial Board of the "Yearbook for the History of Global Development" (first issue in preparation)
  • since 12/2019
    Deputy member of the dissertation commission of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy of Leipzig University
  • since 01/2018
    Member of the Association of German Historians
  • since 01/2016
    Member of the board of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 at Leipzig University
  • since 06/2014
    Review Editor for „Connections. A Journal and Area Specialists” and „Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung“
  • since 03/2014
    Member of "CrossArea. Verband für Transregionale Studien, Vergleichende Area Studies und Global Studies e.V."
  • since 11/2006
    Member of the Board of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)

Research Areas

  • History of Eastern Europe with a focus on its transregional connections, in particular with Africa and Asia, in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Global history of the Cold War
  • Mobility studies
  • Global history of socialism
  • history of the humanities
  • history of international development
  • history of European integration

Language skills

German (native); Englisch, French, Russian, Czech, Polish

  • SFB 1199/A07: “Free Radicals”? Political Mobilities and Post-Colonial Processes of Respatialization in the Second Half of the 20th Century
    Marung, Steffi
    Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); Global and European Studies Institute; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
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  • 'Fighting Scientists': Soviet Africanists in the 20th century
    Middell, Matthias
    Duration: 06/2014 – 08/2016
    Funded by: BMBF Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Centre for Area Studies
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  • Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the `Second´ and `Third Worlds´
    Marung, Steffi
    Duration: 01/2014 – 12/2018
    Funded by: Andere ausländische öffentliche Forschungsförderer
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Centre for Area Studies
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  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - "The European Union and Its Rural Periphery in East Central Europe"
    Lorenz, Astrid
    Duration: 10/2020 – 04/2024
    Funded by: EU Europäische Union
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und Philosophie; Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
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more projects

  • Mark, J.; Kalinovsky, A.; Marung, S. (Eds.)
    Alternative Globalizations: Encounters between the Eastern Bloc and the Postcolonial World
    Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press. 2020.
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  • Marung, S.
    Out of Empire into Socialist Modernity Soviet-African (Dis)Connections and Global Intellectual Geographies
    Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 2021. 41 (1). p. in print.
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  • Marung, S.; Troebst, S.; Müller, U.
    Monolith or Experiment? The Bloc as a Spatial Format
    In: Middell, M.; Marung, S. (Eds.)
    Spatial Formats under the Global Condition. Berlin: de Gruyter. 2019. pp. 275–309.
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  • Middell, M.; Marung, S. (Eds.)
    Re-spatializations under the Global Condition. Towards a typology of spatial formats
    Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter. 2019.
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  • Marung, S.
    Transregionality in the history of area studies
    In: Middell, M. (Ed.)
    Handbook of Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2018. pp. 23–28.
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more publications

  • PhD Working Group "Global and Transnational History" (with Matthias Middell)

    As part of the teaching program at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies at Leipzig University, this working group provides PhD students room for presenting their exposés and draft chapters to receive peer-to-peer feedback in addition to advice provided by senior researchers at GESI and ReCentGlobe.

    Offered: Every term (4 times as bloc sessions)

  • Introduction into Global History (with Matthias Middell)

    Combining a lecture with a reading course, it introduces into major themes and approaches as well as challenges of writing global history. It also addresses the relation between historical approaches to the study of global entanglements with other disciplinary perspectives on the study of globalization.

    Takes place every winter term (weekly)

  • Global Crises on the Ground: Economy, Health and Energy in the Twentieth Century (with Corinne Geering

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how global crises affect places and people differently across the world. This seminar inquires into global inequalities by discussing major crises of economy, health and energy in the twentieth century. Students engage with digitized primary source material and with strategies of history writing and historiographical storytelling in the form of both text and audio, by also producing a podcast themselves.

  • Global history of international development: Ideas, actors and international organizations in the 20th century

    Covering the period between the 1930s to the early 21st century, this seminar introduces into visions and practices of international development. It addresses specific actors and organizations as the agents and arenas for how development is filled with meaning and translated into practices and projects. Students work in teams on selected international organizations. In these teams they turn at the end of the semester into “delegations” for a simulated international conference.

    Winter 2019/20

  • The Global Cold War

    Winter 2012/13 (at Leipzig and Addis Ababa University)

    Winter 2013/14 (as "Battlefields of the global Cold War: Power politics, knowledge production, and cultural expressions" with Beata Hock)

    Winter 2013/14 at Addis Ababa University

    Winter 2015/16 at Addis Ababa University

    Winter 2016/17 at Addis Ababa University

  • Comrades and competitors: The Soviet Union and Africa from the October Revolution until the end of the Cold War (with Konstantin Katsakioris)

    Summer 2018

  • PhD Research Seminar "New perspectives on the history of capitalism: Actors and spaces" (with Jürgen Dinkel and Antje Dietze)

    Winter 2018/19

  • PhD Research Seminar "The challenges of interdisciplinary states of the art: organizing, writing, reviewing"

    Winter 2017/18

  • PhD Research Seminar "Doing research in interdisciplinary and global environments: Methodologies, sources, research organization"

    Summer 2017

  • PhD Research Seminar „Re-Spatialization under the Global Condition: Operationalization of Disciplinary Approaches“ (with Matthias Middell)

    Winter 2016/17

  • After empire or inventing new empires? The transformations of imperial space since the 19th century in global perspective

    Summer 2016

  • The EU as a global power: between dreams and realities (with Alexandra Athanasopoulou Köpping)

    Summer 2015

  • Europe as a Peace Project (with Matthias Middell)

    Summer 2014

  • Approaches to the History of Europeanization

    Winter 2011/12

  • Europeanization and Globalization

    Summer 2012