Käthe Kluth Junior Research Group Awarded by the University of Greifswald

From left: Rector Prof. Dr. Johanna Weber, Dr. Rieke Trimcev, Gender Equality Officer Ruth Terodde - photo: Magnus Schult

The junior research group ‘Political Integration through Conflicts?’ shall concentrate on the question as to why and according to which conditions political conflicts adopt democratic orders and which conditions cause them to dissolve democracies. Dr. Rieke Trimcev’s previous research has already approached this question from various angles. Her thesis ‘Politik als Spiel. Zur Geschichte einer Kontingenzmetapher im politischen Denken des 20. Jahrhunderts’’ (Politics as a Game. The History of a Contingency Metaphor in the Political Thinking of the 20th Century) that was published in 2018, traces the change in the meaning of democratic conflicts in the 20th Century. Trimcev has also been investigating the unifying and separating effects of European remembrance for the last ten years as a member of an interdisciplinary working group consisting of historians and political scientists. 

Dr. Rieke Trimcev was born in Bremen. She studied Political Science, Romance Languages and Literature and Educational Science at the University of Hamburg from 2004 to 2009 and completed her Erste Staatsprüfung (First State Examination) for teaching at secondary schools with distinction.  Having received a doctoral scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, she studied as a doctoral student at the University of Hamburg from 2010 to 2012 and at the University of Augsburg from September 2012 onwards. Periods of study and research took her abroad, e.g. to the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and to the University of Oxford. During her successful doctoral studies, she also gave birth to her daughter in 2014. In 2017, Trimcev completed her doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcus Llanque in Augsburg with the mark of summa cum laude.

Dr. Rieke Trimcev has worked as a teaching and research assistant under Prof. Dr. Hubertus Buchstein (Chair of Political Theory and the History of Ideas) at the University of Greifswald’s Department of Political Science and Communication Studies since October 2015. From September to December 2018 she spent a period of research abroad in New York together with Prof. Dr. Hubertus Buchstein, her husband and her daughter. Whilst she conducted research at the Columbia University as holder of a DAAD scholarship, her husband, political scientist Eno Trimcev PhD, accompanied Professor Buchstein as Heuss Lecturer at the New School for Social Research.

‘The junior research group gives me more space to realise my own independent research programme on an important and pressing political topic. I am particularly happy to have the chance to do this in a team of young academics and to gain experience of supervising doctoral students during my habilitation. Programmes such as the Käthe Kluth Junior Research Group, which enable fair time frames, good resources and academic independence are essential for successful research. I am delighted to have been awarded this honour,’ said Dr. Trimcev at the award ceremony.

Further Information
The Käthe Kluth Junior Research Group [de] has been awarded since 2007. It is named after the Anglicist Käthe Kluth (1899-1985), who became the first female professor at the University of Greifswald in 1952. The University of Greifswald provides the Käthe Kluth Junior Research Group with a full-time teaching and research position for a doctoral student, funds for student assistants and equipment for a period of three years. The group leader takes part in the university’s mentoring programme and thus receives specific support. 

Contact at the University of Greifswald
Dr. Rieke Trimcev
Department of Political Science and Communication Studies
Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3, 17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 3155