Patrick Reitinger

Patrick Reitinger
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg · Institut für Geographie

Master of Arts
Historical and Political Geographies of Rural Areas and Borderlands in Central and Eastern Europe


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In general my research focuses the historical and political geography of Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the 20th century and their consequences for the present. My work takes up different perspectives on rural and peripher regions as well as on borders, borderlands and cross-border relations.


Publications (3)
Zusammenfassung Der vorliegende Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit der Frage, wie in ländlich-peripheren Grenzregionen produktiv mit transnationalem geschichtlichem Erbe umgegangen werden kann. Durch die besondere historische Entwicklung der bayerisch-tschechischen Grenzregion als geografische Außengrenze während des Kalten Kriegs und aufgrund der Belast...
Until the end of the First Czechoslovak Republic in 1938, German-speaking social democrats were among the central mediators between the German-speaking and Czech-speaking populations. A look at the German Social Democratic Workers’ Party in the Czechoslovak Republic, its actors and members shows that the conditions in Czechoslovakia in the interwar...
Seit im Jahr 1998 die ersten humanen embryonalen Stammzellenlinien gewonnen werden konnten, entwickelt sich die embryonale Stammzellenforschung stetig weiter. Die immer wieder aktualisierten Erkenntnisse der Entwicklungsbiologie verlangen immer wieder neue juristische Antworten und eine Einbettung dieser Erkenntnisse in das bestehende rechtliche No...


Projects (3)
Since 2018, I have been working on my dissertation project on the emergence of the Bavarian Ostmark in the geopolitical tensions between the Free State of Bavaria, the German Reich, and the First Czechoslovak Republic between 1918 and 1933. In doing so, I am investigating how rurality was negotiated in the political multi-level system of the Weimar Republic and which spatial images came into play. I ask what role the phenomenon of the border played for spatial policy discourses and measures in eastern Bavaria, and when and how cross-border references to Czechoslovakia influenced spatial policy in the Bavarian Ostmark. Finally, I relate the case of Bayerische Ostmark to the general discourse on eastern borders in the Weimar Republic and evaluate it against the international discussion on the development of rural areas in the interwar period.
Since August 2019, I have been coordinating the international research project "Management of Crossborder Rurality | Bavaria Bohemia 1990 2020", which investigates the development of the Bavarian-Czech border region since the end of the Cold War. Together with my colleague doc. Dr. Lukáš Novotný M.A. from the Unverzita J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, we are addressing the research question of how political, economic, administrative and civil society actors from Eastern Bavaria and Western Bohemia have dealt with the opportunities and challenges of rural development processes in the last 30 years since the Velvet Revolution in former Czechoslovakia. The research is funded within the framework of the Joint Call Bavaria - Czech Republic 2019 - 2021 by the Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Since July 2020, I have been leading the research project 2Transnational Resilience Strategies. Czech Labor Migration and Regional Economic Development in Eastern Bavaria after Covid 19". With the end of the Cold War and at the latest with the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union, the eastern Bavarian districts (Landkreise) along the border to the Czech Republic developed into an important destination region for Czech commuters. The border closures in March 2020 and February 2021 in response to the spread of the Corona pandemic had a major impact on commuters and businesses near the border, at least in the short term. In the project team, we assume that, in the context of the European integration process over the past 30 years, companies in the eastern Bavarian border region gradually took the certainty of open state borders for granted and included it in their business strategies. This expectation has now been disrupted by the Corona pandemic. We investigate the economic-geographical effects of the border closures and place them in a larger historical-geographical context. The project is funded by the Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs within the special call of the Bavarian-Czech Academic Projects 2020 program on the Covid 19 pandemic and its consequences.