Displacement and Resettlement during and after the Second World War in a Global Perspective - a Digital Humanities/ Social GIS Approach

Displacement and Resettlement during and after the Second World War in a Global Perspective - a Digital Humanities/ Social GIS Approach

Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Universität Wien
Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 1, Tür 1.13, Seminarraum 1
Vom - Bis
05.07.2019 - 06.07.2019
Kerstin von Lingen, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien

The 20th century has seen unprecedented violence, not only on the battlefields in Europe and Asia, but also against civilians who suffered large-scale deportation and forced migration in both the European and Asian theatres of war. With a twofold approach to mass data, it is possible to on one side explore the movement of people through the forced labour systems during the second world war, and on the other hand to identify institutions and patterns of resettlement of these people after the second world war. Austria, in this regard, can be seen as both, the place of forced migration und slave labour, as well as an institutional hub of resettlement, where hopes and fears of displaced persons clashed with institutional capacities (e.g. UNRRA) and settlement policies of receiving countries, as for example Australia, Latin America, the US. A project combining institutional records with biographical data and sources, especially the existing collections pertaining to the field of Holocaust research, will enhance our understanding of forced migration and its impact on groups, institutions, and individuals. We can thereby better historicize geographies of movement, track mobility hotspots, and study patterns of agency and decision-making. We shall also be better able to study the wider impact of this refugee crisis on societies in Europe in a global perspective. The workshop will also advance our understanding about the different institutions and actors who were charged with managing the situation (UNRRA, IRO).

If you are interested to attend, we kindly ask to register with Sara Vorwalder: sara.vorwalder@univie.ac.at
Space is limited


Friday, 5.7.2019

13:00 Welcome with Coffee

13.45 Kerstin von Lingen (Vienna): The Management of Migration: a short Intro

Jour 1: Possibilities of digital methods and samples

14:00 Ismee Tames (NIOD): The experience of being in liminal space. Ideas about linking War and Society Studies and Migration Studies

14:20 Christoph Rass (Osnabrück): Biographies, violence induced mobility and migratory effects. Revisiting categories, perspectives and narratives.

14:40 Henning Borggräfe (ITS): Postwar DPs and their Representation in the (Digital) Collections of the Arolsen Archives

15:00 Christian Höschler (ITS): From Authorized Histories to Big Data: The Historiography of Europe’s Postwar DPs

15:20 Discussion

15:50 Café Break

16:20 Sebastian Bondzio (Osnabrück): Big Data and Historical Research. How to Utilize Personal Data in GIS

16:40 Pawel Sekowski (Kraków): The resettlement policy of IRO - a new approach of the international community towards the issue of refugees in Europe. Case study of DPs and refugees from Poland

17:00 Roderick Bailey (Oxford): Disease and Data Collection: Allied Health Surveillance of Displaced Persons in Europe, 1944-45

17.20 Hinke Piersma (NIOD): The meaning of property loss for Jewish victims in relation to persecution and flight

17.40 Discussion

Saturday, 6.7.2019

Jour 2 CASE STUDIES: Global Perspectives/ Asia and Latin America

9:00 Rana Mitter (Oxford): UNRRA in China: the rebirth of the developmental state and the legacy of imperialism in Asia, 1943-7

9:20 Milinda Banerjee (LMU Munich): Forced Displacements and the Conceptual Production of 'Humanity' in the mid-20th Century: Bengali Texts and Digital Archives in Global Intellectual Geographies

9:40 Anne van Mourik (NIOD): The influence of displacement on national stories about wars of decolonization. Moral high grounds in the Netherlands and in Indonesia on the Indonesian war for independence 1945-1950.

10:00 Ralf Futselaar (NIOD): Colonial soldiers as loyal servants, unwanted aliens and enemies within

10.20 Discussion

10.50 Café Break

11:20 Linda Erker (Vienna): Forced Jewish Migration as a Career Opportunity? The Austrian Archaeologist Grete Mostny in Chile after 1938

11.40 Sebastian Huhn (Osnabrück): Negotiating Resettlement towards Venezuela

12:00 Discussion

12.30 Lunch break


14:00 Christian Cwik (Tobago/Vienna): Between evacuation and repatriation:
The case of Gibraltarian displacement between 1940 and 1951

14:20 René Bienert (VWI): Help(ing) Survivors - Between Displacement and Resettlement. Simon Wiesenthal and the early search for Nazi War Criminals

14:40 Richard Germann (Vienna): Born in Vienna – Lost in Europe. A sample of Viennese DPs

15:00 Discussion

15:20 Café break

15:40 Discussion und final round/ Comments: Possibilities and limits of digital research tools within DP and refugee research


Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen
Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4, A-1090 Wien


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