Heidi Hein-Kircher (PhD, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, 2000) has a permanent position at the Herder-Institute. In her work she focuses on security and conflict studies, minorities, national and regional identities as well as urban history, memory cultures and the political mythology of East Central Europe (with a regional focus on Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries). In 2018, she earned her habilitation at Philipps-University, Marburg with a study on “Securitizing Lemberg. Practices, strategies and visions in local government in a multi-ethnic city of the Habsburg Empire”. Heidi Hein-Kircher is also project leader for the LOEWE research cluster “Regions of Conflict in Eastern Europe” as well as a co-project leader for the collaborative research center (SFB) “Dynamics of Security”. As an interim professor for history and didactics at Bergische Universität Wuppertal, she was widely engaged with online media and online teaching. Since 2005, Heidi Hein-Kircher has developed documents and materials relating to East Central Europe, an open access online-edition with texts, statistics, map, pictures and additional materials. Since 2010, she is also Co-Editor of the Journal of East Central European Studies / Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung.