Jacqueline Nießer

Department of History






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After high school, Jacqueline Nießer worked as a European volunteer in a social reintegration center in France. She then graduated in Cultural Studies with a focus on cultural history and literature at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Then, she worked as the manager of an EU funded project with the association “transkultura”, linked with the European University Viadrina, and at the same time, she was active in the board of the Institute for Applied History in Frankfurt (Oder). After that, Jacqueline coordinated a project for leadership development in Southeastern Europe in Berlin and was associated with the Berlin Office of the Robert Bosch Foundation. For her subsequent research about civic memory activism in the former Yugoslavia, Jacqueline received scholarships by the “Südosteuropa Gesellschaft” and the German Academic Exchange Service for field work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, as well as from the “Schroubek-Fonds Östliches Europa“ for a training in BCS language in Sarajevo. Her PhD investigates transnational memory activism in the post-Yugoslav region and has been generously funded by the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at the University of Regensburg. 2016-2019 Jacqueline Nießer was coordinating the international research program  “COURAGE. Cultural Opposition – Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries” at IOS. Research areas:

  • Memory Studies and Applied History
  • Transnational processes and civil society
  • Culture and History of the (post)-Yugoslav region