Global Resettlement Regimes: Ambivalent Lessons learned from the Postwar (1945-1951)
We hire two postdoc and four doctoral researcher for our newly founded ERC research group GLORE – “Global Resettlement Regimes: Ambivalent Lessons learned from the Postwar (1945-1951)” at the University of Vienna.
The late 1940s and 1950s brought the construction of resettlement regimes on a global scale. Earlier scholarship on displacement and resettlement has treated post-war experiences in Europe (the aftermath of the Holocaust) and in Asia (for example, in China) as separate domains. This project uses a different approach showing the interconnections between the European and the Asian spheres and furthermore linking them to events in Australia and the Americas.
The project explores the potential of global history with an innovative interface to legal history, by
(a) analysing the role of international organizations and experts (more particularly the United Nations system [UNRRA and IRO] in formulating policies that had a global impact)
(b) analysing the interactions of this global resettlement regime with policies of state and regional/local actors and experts on a local/national level
(c) analysing the movements of refugees across national borders and continents, and the role of communities in reshaping refugee lives
(d) focusing on select biographical and intellectual archives and experiences, to emphasize how refugees and the media created connected imaginaries