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History of the Institute

History of the Institute

On March 21, 1870, the classical philologist and Slavic language linguist Gregor Krek was appointed associate professor for Slavic Philology. The first Chair of Slavic Studies at the University of Graz – Krek represented the subject from 1875 as a full professor – was founded due to the efforts of the Chairs of Classical Philology, German Studies and Romance Studies (Italian studies) to close a gap in research and teaching on comparative historical linguistics. Additionally, it was argued that “the population of the Styrian lowlands largely belongs to the Slavic peoples and that many students with Slavic tongues from Carniola, Croatia, the coastal region and Dalmatia should be able to attend this university and still be given the opportunity to hear lectures on Slavic grammar and literature” (Höflechner, Die Geisteswissenschaftliche Fakultät, p. 48).

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