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Remaking the World in the Shadow of the Cold War
Migrants, Workers, Soldiers, Spies in Post-1945 Reconstruction

Central European University, Vienna
1-2 June 2023


Day 1
1 June
09:30 am

9:30 Registration

9:45 Welcoming remarks: Katarzyna Nowak (Central European University)

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Reimagining Europe, Reimagining the World

Chair: Michael L. Miller (Central European University)

Julio Martínez-Cava (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona): “Recovering a Lost Moment of History.” Some Socialist Views on Immediate Post-war Europe

Olga Byrska (European University Institute): Defending Peace in 1948: Hopes and Failures of the World Congress of Intellectuals in Defence of Peace in Wrocław

 Vitalij Fastovskij (UC Berkeley/University of Muenster): Imagining the Postwar Order: The Tolstoy Foundation and the Ambiguities of the “Refugee Question”


11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2: Refugees, Socialism, and Cold War Rivalries

Chair: Doina Anca Cretu (Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Ebony Nilsson (Australian Catholic University): Displaced Comrades: Left-Wing Soviet Refugees Resettled in Cold War Australia

Julia Reinke (Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences): “Socialist in Content, National in Form”? Dealing with Refugee Children from the Greek Civil War in the Early German Democratic Republic and Communist Poland

Marta Zagula (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris): Domesticating the Pioneer. Gender, Migration, and the Family in Communist Poland (1945-1970)

13:30 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:45 Panel 3: Smugglers, Spies and Surveillants   

Chair: tbc

Pawel Sowinski (Polish Academy of Science): Bridges of Ideas in the Cold War Vienna, 1956-1989

Victor Lafuente, Maria Valeria Galvan (Köln University, CONICET, IIP-UNSAM): Control and Surveillance in Eastern European  Immigration in Argentina in the Postwar Period, 1940-1970

Attila Novak (National University for Public Service/Goldziher Ignac Institute of Jewish History and Culture, Budapest): Orthodox Jewish Rescue Networks in Communist Hungary. Historical and Social History Analysis on Some Segments of the Budapest Orthodoxy in the Rákosi era of Hungary (1949-1953)

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 17:45 Keynote: Pamela Ballinger

Remaking Sovereignty? Refugees in Post-1945 Trieste

19:00 Conference Dinner   (for speakers)

Day 2
2 June
09:30 am

9:30 – 11:00 Panel 4: People on the Move and Post-War State Building

Chair: Francesca Rolandi (Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Nikola Tohma (Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences): Turning Political Asylees into Stakhanovites: Greek Civil War Refugees as Builders of Postwar Czechoslovak Socialism
Hao Chen (University of Virginia): Making a Third Korea: The Yanbian Frontier between China and North Korea, 1945-1952
Nurlan Aliyev (University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw): Jewish communities, Jewish Refugees, and the Post-World War II Reconstruction of Soviet Azerbaijan

11: – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Panel 5: Global Histories of Jewish Refugees

Chair: Anastasia Felcher (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute)
Nina Valbousquet (École française de Rome): The Vatican and Jewish Refugees in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
Shweta Sachdeva Jha (University of Delhi): Tracing Lives: Baghdadi Jews and the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent     
Constance Pâris de Bollardière (The American University of Paris): The Jewish Labor Committee and Bundist Refugees from Poland to France, 1946-1949

13:00– 13:45 Lunch

13.45:00 – 15:30 Panel 6: Individual Agency, Communal Fates

Chair: Franziska Lamp (University of Vienna)
Malika Shaakerimova (University of Bologna): Exploring the Rights and Agency of Central Asian Displaced Persons in the Aftermath of World War II      
Samantha Knapton (University of Nottingham): Voting with their Feet: the (Attempted) Return of Polish Displaced Persons to UNRRA Camps in Occupied Germany
Olisa Godson Muojama (University of Ibadan): The Ex-enemy Subjects in the British Empire during the Cold War: the German Experience in West Africa 
Anna Wylegała (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences): The Void Communities: Polish and Ukrainian Galicia after WW2

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45-17:15: Panel 7: Post-war Refugee Regime and Resettlement Practices

Chair: Kerstin von Lingen (University of Vienna)
Jessica Wehner (University of Osnabrück): Unforeseen Victims? The Relevance of Natio-ethno-cultural Identity in the Post-war Refugee Regime
Yannis Papadopoulos, Maria Damilakou (Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Ionion University): The Settlement of 1956 Hungarian Refugees in South America in the Context of Cold War Strategies and Modernization Priorities
Ramon Wiederkehr (Université de Neuchâtel): “Only a Transitory Home”: Refugeedom under the International Refugee Regime in Early Postwar Switzerland, 1945–1952

17:15 – 17:30 Closing remarks: Michal Frankl 

The Conference

Conference themes

“The new world will be different,” wrote the housewife Nella Last in her wartime diary on May 10, 1945.  In the wake of World War II, amidst all of the destruction, visions and ideas of how to rebuild communities started to simmer, igniting minds of politicians, refugees, and ordinary citizen across the globe. How did these ideas differ in various regions, especially across the growing East-West divide? How were policies and practices of reconstruction carried out and by whom? How did various social groups experience the process of shaping the new order? What cultural representations of this period became dominant and which ones remain marginal?


This conference explores the post-war reconstruction as a global process informed by the intensifying Cold War and advancing decolonisation. Adopting this broad-spectrum perspective, it hopes to fill it with details of on-the-ground struggles and hopes of various social actors in the historiographical tradition of people’s history. It will focus on political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the transitions from war to peace and highlight tensions and convergences between the projects and practices of reconstruction in the forming Eastern and Western blocs, as well as in non-aligned countries. In particular, we are looking forward to exploring how the experiences of Jewish refugees, who found themselves caught in these geopolitical changes in various locations from Shanghai to Leningrad, shed light on the intricacies of political and social reshaping of the world order.


Three main themes will be guiding the conference:


1) Migration in a Global Perspective

2) Religion and the Politics of Post-War Revival

3) Cultural Representations of Reconstruction


Suggested topics include but are not limited to: 

  • cultural and social reconstruction, including representations in art and personal documents

  • population displacement and management

  • experiences of various groups of refugees

  • legacies of the Holocaust in constructing the post-war order

  • experiences of Jewish Displaced Persons, in particular in comparative perspective

  • cultural history of anxieties in the early Cold War

  • contemporary visions of the future

  • role of international organizations (including UNRRA, IRO, UNRWA, UNHCR) in the reconstruction

  • reconstruction of families and rethinking the social order

  • resettlement and making of post-war societies

  • transcontinental networks of aid

  • religious assistance, religious communities, and their visions of the new moral order

  • Cold War espionage in relation to the work of reconstruction

  • materiality of the reconstruction

  • vulnerable groups of population in the new order

This conference seeks to foster dialogue between scholars working on various geographical areas and on histories of various ethnic and religious groups.



Remaking Sovereignty? Refugees in Post-1945 Trieste

1 June, 4.15 pm


Aliyev, Nurlan (University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw)

Dr Nurlan Aliyev holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and security studies. His research area is primarily focused on Russia’s foreign and security policy, the Arctic, post-Soviet countries, strategic studies, and asymmetric warfare. He is a lecturer in the University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw. Currently he works on a book project - Russia’s security policy, under contract at the Routledge and supported by the Visegrad Fund Scholarship for 2021-2023 at the University of Warsaw. Follow him on Twitter @anurlan

Byrska, Olga (European University Institute)

Olga Byrska - 4th year PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Her thesis focuses on intellectual history of the immediate post-WW2 period (1944-48) between Poland, France, Britain, and Germany. She also writes for theatre ('Orlando' in Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw) and other outlets. Translated essays by Achille Mbembe, Simone de Beauvoir and Paul B. Preciado. Lives in Paris.

Chen, Hao (University of Virginia)

Hao Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Virginia. Hao specializes in East Asian international history. His research interests include immigration and transnational history, China's frontiers and borderlands, and the Cold War in East Asia. His current project studies the ethnopolitical history of the China-North Korea borderland in the Cold War period to examine the interaction between China’s ethnic-frontier affairs and its international relations in the Cold War.

Godson Muojama, Olisa (University of Ibadan)

Dr. Olisa Godson MUOJAMA is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. His research has cut across global history, colonial history and war studies. He is a Fellow in Global History at the Munich Centre for Global History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. He is also a Fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). He is the Principal Investigator/Principal Faculty in Nigeria of the Global History Lab (GHL), Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. He is the author of The Nigerian Cocoa Industry and the International Economy in the 1930s: A World-Systems Approach. He has also published in specialist journals such as African Economic History 47, no.1 (2019): 1-31 (Wisconsin) and Journal of World History (upcoming). His current post-doctoral research is on Deutsch-Westafricanisch Encounter, 1884-1990.

Fastovskij, Vitalij (GHI Washington, UC Berkeley, University of Muenster)

Dr Vitalij Fastovskij: I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Muenster with a specialization in cultural history and currently a visiting scholar and a GHI fellow at UC Berkeley (Sep 22-Aug 23). My topics span chronologically from the 19th century to the present day. I have conducted research into the history of Russia’s revolutionary movement, Russian informal imperialism and written about German-Soviet relations and the cultures of memory in “East” and “West.” My dissertation, published in 2018, deals with the religious semantics of revolutionary violence in late tsarist Russia. From 2012 to 2018, I held various positions at the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich. The results of my work, a digital map with German-Soviet places of memory, will be published by the Nordost-Institut in the foreseeable future. From January 2019 to February 2022, I was on the staff of the JLU Giessen (Prof. Thomas Bohn), where I worked on a DFG project on the nexus of informal imperialism and archaeological research. From March 2022, I am employed at the University of Muenster (Prof. Ricarda Vulpius). Besides pursuing teaching and assistance duties, I am working on my habilitation project which deals with the cultural and political history of migration in the Cold War era.


Felcher, Anastasia (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies) 

Dr Felcher is a historian and an archivist. She holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage Studies from the Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca (2016). She has received fellowships at several research institutions in Europe and the US. As a practitioner, she worked as a country expert for EHRI (2018-19). Since 2020, she is employed as the Slavic Archivist at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU in Budapest. Since 2022, she teaches at the Cultural Heritage Studies Program at CEU in Vienna. Anastasia has published on the heritage of minorities in pluralistic societies, Jewish heritage in the post-Holocaust age, and literature and politics in Eastern Europe.

Joshi, Vandana (Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi)

Vandana Joshi is Professor of Modern History at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She completed her doctorate as a DAAD fellow at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, TU Berlin. Her thesis won a Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History in 2002 and was subsequently published as Gender and Power in the Third Reich: Female Denouncers and the Gestapo 1933-45. Thereafter, she has published several articles on criminalized intimacies (verbotener Umgang) between German women and POWs during WWII Germany. She has received the Charles Wallace India Trust Grant, Erasmus Mundus IMESS distinguished visiting fellowship, MPI History (Göttingen) visiting fellowship and Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship. She is the editor of Cultural & Social History, and serves on the advisory boards of Modern India in German Archives (MIDA) and the Bloomsbury Cultural History Platform.

Galvan, Valeria (CONICET, Instituto de Investigaciones Políticas, UNSAM)

Dr Valeria Galván has a degree in Sociology (UBA), a Master in Sociology of Culture and Cultural Analysis (IDAES-UNSAM), a PhD in History from the National University of La Plata, and she is a researcher at CONICET . After specializing in the history of Argentine Nationalism in the 1960s, she is currently researching the impact of the bipolar conflict on Argentine culture, particularly through war propaganda and cultural diplomacy (both communist and anticommunist) oriented towards South America, mainly through front organizations and associations of Slavic immigrants. She is the author of several academic articles and books on Argentine nationalism and the cultural cold war in Argentina in the 1950s.

Knapton, Samantha K. (University of Nottingham)

Dr Sam Knapton is an Assistant Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is a specialist in central and east-central European history, international humanitarianism, and forced displacement and was a Pilecki Junior Research Fellow in Warsaw (2022). Her first monograph, 'Occupiers, Humanitarian Workers, and Polish Displaced Persons in British-occupied Germany' came out with Bloomsbury Academic in February 2023. She is also publishing an edited collection on the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration alongside Katherine Rossy (RMC, Canada) in 2023, 'Relief and Rehabilitation for a Postwar World: Humanitarian Intervention and the UNRRA'.

Lafuente, Víctor Manuel (Universität zu Köln)    

Lamp Franzika (University of Vienna)

Franziska Maria Lamp, BA BA MA is a historian and works as a PhD-researcher at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. Her dissertation project is part of a larger project on "Norms, Regulation and Refugee Agency: Negotiating the Migration Regimes" funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the German Research Fund (DFG). In her dissertation she examines gender-specific hierarchies in the interactions with Displaced Persons and explores the role of family constellations and gender for migration from post-war Austria to countries overseas. Together with Philipp Strobl she is the founder and editor of "Transit. The Podcast on Migration History."


Martínez-Cava, Julio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Dr Julio Martínez-Cava - Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Degree in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in Contemporary History at the Complutense University of Madrid and PhD in Sociology at the University of Barcelona (2020), where he has also been Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology (2021). Visiting scholar at the Centre Européen Des Études Républicaines (CEDRE) of Paris (2019) and the International Institute of Social History of Amsterdam (2022). Member of the Editorial Board of Sin Permiso magazine. His PhD shows the systematic influence of the radical republican tradition on the political and historical work of the British Marxist historian Edward Palmer Thompson. He has published in journals such as Historia Social; Theoria. A Journal of Political and Social Theory; Daimon. Revista internacional de filosofía or Res Publica. Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas. Main Research lines: History of Political Thought, Historiography, Socialism, Republicanism, Property Rights, Theories of Social Class.

Nilsson, Ebony (Australian Catholic University)

Dr Ebony Nilsson is a research fellow in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She is a historian of migration and security during the early Cold War. Her first monograph, Displaced Comrades: Politics and Surveillance in the Lives of Soviet Refugees in the West, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic in late 2023.

Novak, Attila (Thomas Molnar Institute of Advanced Studies/National University of Public Service/Budapest)

Dr Attila Novak – historian, senior research fellow at the Thomas Molnar Institute for Advanced Studies (National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary) and the  Goldziher Ignac Institute of Jewish History and Culture (Budapest, Hungary. His field of academic interest encompasses the History of Hungarian Jewry during and after WWII, the 1944’ Zionist Rescue Movement, and the political and ideological problems of Zionism in East-Central Europe and State of Israel. He was the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Hungary in Tel Aviv between 2012-2016. He is a member of the Hungary Forum on the History of Hungarian Jewry, which is part of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University (Israel).

Nowak, Katarzyna (Central European University)

Dr Katarzyna Nowak is a historian specialising in cultural and social history of Eastern Europe, with a particular interest in refugee and migrant history. During her doctoral and postdoctoral research at the University of Manchester and Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, she focused on Displaced Persons in the early Cold War period in the global perspective. She has recently completed her first monograph, entitled 'Kingdom of Barracks. Polish Displaced Persons in Allied-occupied Germany and Austria'. She has published on the history of gender, refugees, and diaspora. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Central European University in Vienna, working on the project on the Vatican’s involvement in post-World War II refugee aid.

Papadopoulos, Ioannis (Open University of Greece/Institute for Mediterranean Studies (FORTH))

Professor Yannis G.S. Papadopoulos obtained his PhD in History from Panteion University in Athens (2008). He taught at the universities of Panteion, Peloponnese, Vechta and the University of Brasilia. He is currently teaching at the Hellenic Open University and is a fellow at the Center for Modern History Research at Panteion University. He is member of the Brazilian Observatory of Migration and a coordinator of the Labor Migration Group at the European Labour History Network. His research focuses on immigration, transnationalism and ethnicity. His current project deals with transgenerational migration between Europe and South America. He coauthored the volume Migration and Development in Southern Europe and South America during the Postwar Period, Routledge, 2022.

Pâris de Bollardière, Constance (The American University of Paris)

Constance Pâris de Bollardière (PhD) is the Assistant Director of the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Confliction Prevention at The American University of Paris. Her historical research focuses on Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors in early postwar France. She co-edited with Sharon Kangisser Cohen After the Darkness? Holocaust Survivors’ Emotional, Psychological and Social Journeys in the Early Postwar Period (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, forthcoming May 2023), and was the scientific editor of: Marek Edelman, Ghetto de Varsovie. Carnets retrouvés (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2022).

Reinke, Julia (Masaryk Institute of the CAS, Prague)

Julia Reinke is a PhD candidate with a dissertation project on Refugees from the Greek Civil War in the German Democratic Republic in East-Central European contextualization at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where she was Research Associate at the Graduate School ""The GDR and the European Dictatorships after 1945” (2017-2020). Since 2019, she has been a Research Fellow in the ERC project “Unlikely refuge? Refugees and Citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th Century” (, affiliated with the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Before, she worked among others as Research Assistant at the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig and as Student/ Teaching Assistant at various chairs at the University of Freiburg. Having studied Early Modern and Modern History in Freiburg i. Br. and Poznań, she received her Magister Artium in 2012 with a final thesis on “West-German Relations towards Poland in the Early 1980s. Reactions to Solidarność and Martial Law against the Background of the Cold War and German-Polish History” (in German, awarded the Scientific Prize of the Polish Ambassador, Munich, 2013). Her research interests include German contemporary history, the history of German-Polish relations and migration history with a special focus on refugee studies. For further details, see

Sachdeva Jha, Shweta (Miranda House, University of Delhi)

Professor Shweta Sachdeva Jha: I completed my PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. My core interest is in women’s history and my recent publications include chapters in edited books such as The Bollywood Islamicate: Idioms, Histories and Imaginaries (Orient Blackswan, 2022), South Asian Gothic: Haunted Cultures, Histories and Media (University of Wales Press, 2021) and Sultana’s Sisters: Gender, Genres, and Genealogy in South Asian Muslim Women’s Fiction (Routledge, 2021). Most recently I have been working on building college women archives and my awards include the Avabai Wadia Fellowship by SNDT University of Women, Mumbai (2020) and the Tata Trusts-Partition Archive Research Grant (2021).

Shaakerimova, Malika (Università di Bologna)        

Malika Shaakerimova: Currently I am a student of Master's program in International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage at Università di Bologna. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Rights from the American University of Central Asia. After graduading, I have worked as a project manager at the Social Center "Equal Opportunities" in Kyrgyzstan, where I gained practical experience in day-to-day human rights work within the non-governmental sector. I also have a keen interest in the field of refugee and citizenship studies.

Sowinski, Pawel (Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland)

Professor Paweł Sowiński is a historian and a fellow at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Science. His research includes: transnational media, cross-border, private entrepreneurship, bridging people and ideas in transatlantic alliance. He explores sites of change and transformative actors in the spaces of Cold War Europe. He is an author of a paper on Zofia Reinbacher's Vienna bookstore and its role in overcoming East-West divide during the Cold War.

Tohma, Nikola (Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Dr Nikola Tohma is a post-doctoral research fellow in the ERC Consolidator Grant project Unlikely refuge? Refugees and Citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th Century, affiliated with the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her current research investigates various groups of refugees who settled in post-1948 communist Czechoslovakia, among them refugees from the Greek Civil War (1946-1949). Her general interests include political extremism, communism and anti-communism, populism, and conspiracy theories in Cold War and contemporary Greece. She earned her Ph.D. in 2021 from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Valbousquet, Nina (Ecole Française de Rome/ CNRS)      

Dr Nina Valbousquet is currently a research fellow of the Ecole Française de Rome and the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) working on Vatican diplomacy, Jewish refugees, and humanitarianism. Her first book has been published at CNRS editions (Paris) in spring 2020: Catholique et antisémite : Le réseau de Mgr Benigni – Rome, Europe, Etats-Unis, 1918-1934. She was the scientific curator of the exhibition at the Shoah Memorial in Paris: “The Churches Facing the Shoah” (June 2022-February 2023). She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Jewish History, NYU, and Fordham University in New York City, and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.  Her recent published articles appear in Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (2022), Diasporas. Circulations, migrations, histoire (2022), American Jewish History (2021), Modern Italy (2018), Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2019), Archives Juives (2018), Passato e Presente (2017).

Von Lingen, Kerstin (University of Vienna)

Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, M.A., is a historian at the University of Vienna, where she holds the Chair of Contemporary History since 2019. Previously, she worked at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at the University of Heidelberg, with a research group on Allied War Crimes Trials in Asia after 1945. She is author of Kesselring’s Last Battle: War Crimes Trials and Cold War Politics, 1945-1960 (Kansas UP 2009) and Allen Dulles, the OSS and Nazi War Criminals: The Dynamics of Selective Prosecution (Cambridge UP 2013). In German, she published the multi-authored volumes Kriegserfahrung und nationale Identität in Europa [War experience and national identity in Europe after 1945] (Schoeningh, 2009), and co-edited with Klaus Gestwa, Zwangsarbeit als Kriegsressource in Europa und Asien [Forced labor as a resource of War: European and Asian perspectives] (Schoening 2014). Her research focuses on the history of genocide and violence, especially the Holocaust, decolonisation processes (with a focus on Asia), contemporary legal history, studies on memory, identity and apology, as well as global migration studies, and forced labour research.

Wehner, Jessica  (Universität Osnabrück)

Jessica Wehner is a historian, since February 2022 working as a doctoral researcher at the Department of Modern History and Historical Migration Research at the University of Osnabrück and is a member of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University and the Displaced-Persons-Network. Her dissertation project, "Norms, Practices and Marginality. Negotiations at the Margins of the Displacement Management of the International Refugee Organization (1946-1952)" focuses on displaced persons, specifically on persons who, due to various attributes, were considered as “fringe cases” in the global post-war refugee regime. Her project is one of three funded by the German Research Fund (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) within the framework of the project "Norms, Regulation and Refugee Agency: Negotiating the Migration Regimes".

Wiederkehr, Ramon (Université de Neuchâtel)

Ramon Wiederkehr is a doctoral student and assistant at the chair for Contemporary History at the University of Neuchâtel. He studied History and English Literature at the University of Bern and was a visiting student at Trinity College Dublin and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is a member of the Conférence des Universités de Suisse occidentale (CUSO) and the transdisciplinary doctoral program “Migration and Postcoloniality Meet Switzerland” at the University of Fribourg. His doctoral thesis on Switzerland and the international refugee regime in the wake of the Second World War is supervised by Prof. Kristina Schulz in codirection with Prof. Till van Rahden.

Wylegała, Anna  (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Professor Anna Wylegała is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She is an author of two monographs:“Displaced Memories: Remembering and Forgetting in Post-War Poland and Ukraine” (2019) and “Był dwór, nie ma dworu. Reforma rolna w Polsce” [There was an estate, there is no estate any more. Agricultural reform in Poland] (2021) and co-editor of two edited volumes: “The Burden of the Past: History, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine” (2020), and “No Neighbors’ Lands: Vanishing Others in Postwar Europe” Currently she is a coordinator of the Polish part of the project ""24.02.2022, 5 am: Testimonies from the War"", focused on the documenting of the Ukrainian experience of the current war.

Zagula, Marta (EHESS (CERCEC))

Marta Zagula is a second year Ph.D. candidate (CNRS international doctoral contract) at the EHESS. She is writing her thesis ""Women in the Pioneer Society of Socialism: the Polish Case in Perspective"" under the supervision of Catherine Gousseff. Her research focuses on women's trajectories in the Western Borderlands of Poland.

Practical Information

Conference Venue:

Auditorium, ground floor, next to the main entrance

Central European University

Quellenstraße 51, 1100 Vienna

Accomodation for Speakers:

Hotel Schani Wien, Karl-Popper-Straße 22, 1100 Wien

You can reach the conference venue by U1 subway and trams 6, 11, and D. It is 15 minutes walk from Hotel Schani.

Wifi access:

CEU Guest

Emergency Phone Numbers in Austria:
General (European emergency number): 112
Ambulance: 144
Police: 133
Fire Department: 122

With all the questions regarding practical matters such as travel, visas, reimbursement, hotel etc. please contact our Program Coordinator Maria Gabler at 



Conference organized by the CEU Jewish Studies Program in cooperation with the CEU Nationalism Studies Program and the ERC Consolidator project 'Unlikely refuge? Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century'.

Katarzyna Nowak

Michael Miller

Michal Frankl

Maria Gabler, Program Coordinator

 The Knapp Family and the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundations

Registration for audience 

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The participation in the conference is free.
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