Prof. Dr. Dieter Bingen
Political scientist, Director of the German Poland Institute in Darmstadt
DAAD One-Year Scholarship 1977
Even as a school student, the Slavonic world already fascinated Dieter Bingen, initially and above all the former Czechoslovakia. “It was the difficult and awkward nature of the relations between Germany and the Eastern European countries that interested me," says Bingen, who was born in Cologne in 1952. After leaving school, he studied political science, constitutional history, social history and economic history, sociology and education at the University of Bonn. In the course of his studies, Poland moved ever more into the focus of his attention. 1977 saw Dieter Bingen do research for his doctorate at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw and at the Institute for Western Affairs in Poznan.
My research stay in Poland marked the start of my personal and academic contacts which continue to play an important role for me today.
After completing his doctorate at the University of Bonn in 1979, Dieter Bingen worked as a research assistant at the Federal Institute for Russian, East European, and International Studies in Cologne as well as teaching political science as a contract lecturer at the University of Bonn. Spring 1999 saw him become director of the German Poland Institute in Darmstadt. The DPI is a research, information and conference centre for Polish culture, history, politics, society and for the German-Polish relations that are developing in the context of European integration.
Since 2004 Dieter Bingen has worked as a honorary professor in the field of cultural change and social transformation processes in Europe at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. Since 2012 he has been a visiting professor of political science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Dieter Bingen has published numerous books and articles dealing with Germany’s neighbouring countries and Poland – with politics, history and the culture of remembrance.
The political scientist has received high honours in both countries for his work, including the Grand Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013, the Wilhelm Leuschner Medal and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2014.