Dr. Elisa Satjukow

Dr. Elisa Satjukow

Research Fellow

Geschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 4.214
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37113
Fax: +49 341 97-37088


Dr. Elisa Satjukow is a lecturer and postdoctoral candidate in East and Southeast European History at Leipzig University. She completed her award-winning dissertation in 2019 ("Die andere Seite der Intervention. Eine serbische Erfahrungsgeschichte der NATO-Bombardierung 1999, transcript 2020) with a research project focussing on the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia as a fellow in the PhD program "Trajectories of Change", supported by the ZEIT-Foundation. Before, she studied East and Southeast European History, Comparative Literature and Russian Studies in Leipzig, Belgrade and Volgograd. She also worked as a coordinator for the Competence Center Central and Eastern Europe Leipzig and the International MitOst Festival.

Her research and teaching focus is on the Entangled History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe from the 19th to 21tst century, with a special interest in science history, gender, memory, (post-)socialism, postcolonial studies, and theories and methods of historical studies.

Professional career

  • since 10/2020
    Postdoctoral candidate/Lecturer in East and Southeast European Studies at Leipzig University
  • 01/2019 - 03/2020
    Research assistant in German and European History of the 19th until 21st century at Leipzig University
  • 04/2015 - 09/2019
    Research assistant in East and Southeast European Studies at Leipzig University
  • 02/2019 - 03/2019
    Research Fellow at the School of Histories, Languages and Culturesof the University of Hull (supported by a Utrecht Network Young Researchers Grant)
  • 02/2015 - 12/2016
    Project Manager of the Competence Center Central and Eastern Europe Leipzig
  • 08/2012 - 11/2013
    Project Coordinator for the International MitOst Festival
  • 08/2009 - 07/2010
    Assistentship at the Berlin based NGO European Exchange - Europäischer Austausch working for a project on election monitoring in Belarus
  • 02/2008 - 03/2008
    Assistentship at the German Historical Institute Moscow
  • 01/2008 - 12/2009
    Project coordinator for a German-Russian history workshop in Volgograd/Weimar as part of the Young Paths in Europe program of the Robert Bosch Foundation
  • 10/2008 - 10/2009
    Project coordinator for the exhibition and audio guide project "Not with us! Traces of right-wing motivated violence in Leipzig" as part of the Theodor Heuss Kolleg of the Robert Bosch Foundation
  • 04/2016 - 09/2016
    Research Fellow at the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies Belgrade (supported by a DAAD PhD research grant)


  • 04/2015 - 10/2019
    PhD in East and Southeast European Studies at the Faculty of History, Arts and Regional Studies at Leipzig University
  • 10/2005 - 04/2014
    Master's degree in Eastern and Southeastern European History, General and Comparative Literature and Russian Studies at Leipzig University
  • 09/2011 - 07/2012
    Study abroad of Serbian language, contemporary history and sociology at the University of Belgrade
  • 09/2007 - 12/2007
    Study abroad of Russian language and history at the State University Volgograd

Panel Memberships

  • since 10/2020
    Editor for the review portal H-Soz-Kult
  • 10/2020 - 12/2021
    Spokeswoman of the Leipzig Regional Group of the German Society for Eastern European Studies (DGO)
  • 10/2017 - 10/2018
    Spokesperson of the academic staff & the Research Forum at the Historical Department at Leipzig University
  • 10/2008 - 09/2009
    Member of the Slavic Studies Student Council at Leipzig University
  • since 02/2022
    Member of the Board of the Southeast European Association
  • since 10/2021
    Member of the Faculty Board
  • since 10/2022
    Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Research Portal East, East-Central and Southeast Europe (FID-Ost) of the Bavarian State Library

Research Focus: History of Science, Humanitarian Interventions, Gender Studies, Transformation Studies/Postsocialism, Memory Studies/Oral History, Postcolonial Studies, Digital Humanities/Internet Culture, Theories and Methods in Historical Sciences

Current Research Project: (Un)learning Eastern Europe. The Role of East and Southeast European Studies in the Transformations of the 1980/90s

1989 marked a turning point for East and Southeast European Studies. As political advisors and academic bridge-builders, experts for these regions took on essential ad hoc and long-term tasks in the transformation process in and beyond German-speaking academia. At the same time, the end of the Cold War challenged them to renegotiate the institutional and discursive self-understanding of historical, contemporary, and future research on Eastern and Southeastern Europe. My historiographical project asks about the agency and agenda of scholars of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, and in particular of Slavic and historical studies, in the German and European upheavals of the 1980s and 1990s. Theoretically, I rely on reflexive and postcolonial perspectives brought forward in New Area Studies, placing the practices of knowledge production at the center of my considerations. The resulting findings represent an important inventory of the achievements but also of the failures and challenges of current research on Eastern and Southeastern Europe, not least against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.

  • Satjukow, E.
    Die andere Seite der Intervention. Eine serbische Erfahrungsgeschichte der NATO-Bombardierung 1999
    Doctoral thesis. 2020
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  • Satjukow, E.
    Towards a History of Deep Europe: Revisiting Internet Culture in Times of War (2022)
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  • Ristic, K.; Satjukow, E. (Eds.)
    NATO and the Kosovo War. The 1999 Military Intervention from a Comparative Perspective
    Comparative Southeast European Studies. 2022. 70 (2)
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  • Satjukow, E.
    Osteuropa (ver)lernen . Ein Plädoyer für eine neue Geschichtskultur, in: Zeitgeschichte-online, März 2022, URL: https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/themen/osteuropa-verlernen (2022)
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  • Satjukow, E.
    Für wessen Frieden? Und gegen welchen Krieg? Moralische Aushandlungen der NATO-Intervention im Kosovokrieg 1999
    Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen. 2022. 35 (4). pp. 627-638
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My courses are mostly focused on the History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as in the introductory courses to the Theory and Methodology of Historical Sciences. I am co-founder of the teaching-learning module Doing History, which aims to teach core scientific skills such as critical reading, professional writing, and good presentations. Students are supported in conducting their own research projects and publishing the results on the Doing History blog:

Blog: https://doinghistory.hypotheses.org/

Twitter: @historydoing

I supervise BA theses and am available as a second examiner for BA, MA and teacher training theses according to my research focuses.

  • Balkan Route(s). A History of Crossing, Leaving and Staying (in) the European Periphery (Winter Term 2021/22)

    The seminar deals with different forms of mobility on and across the Balkans. On the one hand, we will ask about the various ways in which people and goods moved and were being moved along the Balkan route — from the Ottoman times to the guest worker programs to the long summer of migration in 2015. On the other hand, we critically inspect the very notion of the Balkan route and analyse it in terms of the ideas and concepts of mobility and (European) belonging it perpetuates.

  • Introduction to the Methodology of Scientific Work in History (winter semester 2021/22)

    The course teaches basic methods of scientific work in the subject of history. In addition to concrete working techniques, this includes insights into the disciplinary self-image, the different fields and debates. We practice techniques of knowledge acquisition and processing. Together we explore what the central tasks and future challenges of the historical sciences are.

  • As in Heaven, so on Earth. The Russian Orthodox Faith in History (Summer Term 2021)

    The Orthodox Church remains one of the most influential players in Russia today. What are the origins of this traditionally strongly rooted faith? What religious practices and symbols determined the everyday life of people? Which religious concepts dominated in different epochs and in which field of tension were they in relation to the respective ruling order? The seminar traces the Orthodox faith in Russian history.

  • Doing History 3.0: Key Competencies of Academic Working the Historical Sciences (Summer Term 2021))

    The aim of the seminar is to train key skills of working in the field of historical studies. Based on selected theories and controversies, we will learn and apply reading, writing, presentation and publication techniques. Students will be supported in conducting their own research project based on the thematic working groups in the colloquium.

  • "The Miniskirts are surprisingly short in Sarajevo..." - Gender and Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Winter Semester 2020/21)

    The imagination of Bosnia as an interface between East & West, Orient & Occident, Islam & Europe, has a long history. In the media discourse, hijab-wearing women have become a symbol of this changing relationship. We examine their role between self-determination & oppression from the Habsburg monarchy to the redefinition of the female role within the socialist society to discourse on victimhood in the course of the Yugoslav wars and afterwards.

  • The Bridge over the Drina. A Reading Seminar on the Relationship between Literature and History (winter semester 2020/21)

    In 1945, the novel by Yugoslav Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić was published and is still considered one of the most important works of Southeast European literature. Since then, the river and the bridge stand as a metaphor for both the peaceful coexistence and the war-torn separation of nations and religions in the former Yugoslavia. The seminar will focus on the slow reading of the novel in the theoretical field of tension between literature and history.

  • The Myth of Stalin (Summer term 2019)

    The class deals with different facets of Stalinism (personality cult, terror, ideology and World War II) in order to discuss how the public narratives and memory culture of Stalin has changed since his death on 5 March 1953.

  • Contentious Memories, the Public and the Media (University of Hull, Winter term 2019)

    The class takes the 1998–9 Kosovo War and the 1999 NATO bombing as a starting point for our discussion on ‘contentious memories, the public and the media’. The aim of the workshop is to show what impact media has on the formation of cultural memory and to further stress that one and the same event can provide very different and often contradictory and conflictual interpretations of memory, meaning and history.

  • The Balkans as a European historical region. Theoretical questions and interpretative approaches (Winter term 2019)

    Throughout history, Southeastern Europe has often been (re-)ordered, within the region, but not least in relation to an asserted core-Europe. These attempts were carried by integrative and hegemonic, cooperative or imperial concepts and policies. The different approaches of interpreting what "the Balkans" are, where they supposedly begin and where they end, will be worked out and discussed on the basis of different examples of historical-theoretical approaches in the 20th century.

  • Historical perspectives on gender and war in the 20th century (Summer term 2018, together with Katharina Seibert)

    Wars represent social ruptures that have a profound effect on gender relations. Using various case studies - the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War in Germany and the Soviet Union, and the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s - the seminar examines how gender roles change within wars and how these shifts affect the social spheres after the war.

  • "Children, kitchen, communism?" Gender relations in the socialist societies of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (Summer term 2017)

    In socialist societies, women were independent and equal - at least in theory. In reality, however, women often had to bear the multiple burdens of family, household and labour while receiving lower wages. Using the example of the Soviet Union, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia, the class examines which gender conceptions predominated under socialism and what implementation they found in reality.

  • Narrating war, writing history. Dealing with biographical sources using the example of the Yugoslav wars 1991-1999 (Summer term 2017)

    Letters, interviews, diaries - these are all biographical sources with which we as historians work. The seminar will deal with the methodological approaches of oral history and historical anthropology by using the example of the Yugoslav wars to examine how eyewitnesses remember war and how history is written by these memories.

  • Lost in Transition. The end of communism in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia (Winter term 2016)

    1991 marked the final collapse of the two most powerful socialist states in Europe, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The seminar will examine in a comparative perspective the events and processes that led to the collapse of state socialism, asking about the conditions of everyday life and the social and memories of the transition period until today.

  • The disintegration of Yugoslavia and its consequences (Winter term 2015)

    With Tito's death in 1980, the Yugoslav multi-ethnic state began to fall apart. Nationalist aspirations became more and more determined and ultimately culminated in armed conflicts. The seminar will shed light on the reasons for the disintegration of Yugoslavia, discuss the history of the disintegration and look at the consequences for the post-Yugoslav region. The memory-cultural dimension will also be brought into focus through ego-documents and interview sources.

  • Russia and the "Great Patriotic War" - Narratives of War in Social Discourse up to the Present (Summer term 2015)

    The Second World War has produced very different discourses within the Soviet and post-Soviet history. The seminar undertakes a Tour d'Horizon through Russian history from the time when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union to the present. Beginning with a theoretical and methodological introduction, central narratives will be defined with which the "Great Patriotic War" has been told and remembered since then.