News at the HVC
Project on Aryanization of Jewish property approved
The Unwanted Citizens: The Holocaust and the Aryanization of Jewish Property in Romania and the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), 1940-1945
Project leader: Goran Miljan
Funding: Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond
Research focus: Holocaust Studies
Project start: July 1, 2019
The forced transfer of Jewish property into “Aryan” hands (Aryanization) represented one of the crucial aspects of the process of exclusion of Jews from European societies during the Holocaust. The same process took place in the Axis partner states, Romania and the Independent State of Croatia – NDH during WWII. As active participants in the Holocaust the two regimes engaged in the mass dispossession of Jewish wealth for the purpose of reshaping their societies and changing the perceived internal power structure through the distribution of jobs, businesses and real estate to the “dominant” ethnic community.
This project investigates the policies and practices of Aryanization conducted in Romania and the NDH during WWII. By focusing on antisemitism, legislation, bureaucracy, policy implementation, and gentile and Jewish responses, the project examines the ideological, political, and legal factors that shaped this Aryanization in three major urban areas that hosted the largest Jewish communities: Bucharest, Iaşi, and Czernowitz in Romania, and Zagreb, Osijek, and Varaždin in the NDH. In particular, by showing how the Aryanization of minority property was utilized for the purposes of nation and state building during WWII, the project will provide a comparative perspective on the role of Aryanization in the two above-mentioned Axis countries. This comparative perspective will advance the existing scholarship on the dynamics and mutual influences between fascism, Holocaust and nationalization policies in Central and South Eastern Europe. Drawing on new archival collections, a comparative methodology, and state of the art research on fascism and Aryanization, the project will address not only the strategies employed to seize Jewish property but also the responses of gentiles and Jewish citizens.
Award for research and teaching on the Holocaust
Tomislav Dulić, Senior Lecturer in History and Director of the Hugo Valentin Centre, has been awarded the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award 2019.
New guest researcher: Nika Potinkara
The Hugo Valentin Centre warmly welcomes new guest researcher, Dr. Nika Potinkara. Dr. Potinkara has research expertise in ethnic categorisation processes. Her dissertation, ‘Etnisyyden rakentuminen kahden saamelaismuseon perusnäyttelyissä’ (The Construction of Ethnicity in the Permanent Exhibitions of Two Sámi Museums), examines the ways in which ethnic categories and boundaries are created by museum exhibitions.
Social memory in the Balkans: New project awarded by the Resarch Council
Recent political developments have challenged the self-perception of the EU as a union of states sharing a set of universal democratic values opposed to a history plagued by totalitarianism, political repression and genocide. This is particularly evident in the Western Balkans, where intense controversy over the Second World War and its aftermath have affected social and inter-ethnic, as well as diplomatic relations.
New post doc. Theresa Johnsson
Postdoctoral Project on Subaltern Perspectives on Romani in Sweden
The Hugo Valentin Centre warmly welcomes new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Theresa Johnsson.
Her work focuses on questions about class, social, economic and legal inequality between people and how these variables could shape people's lives, c. 1780-1850. A consequence of this is a methodological interest in accessing an often difficult-to-access history of everyday life that also includes poor people.
New post doc. Michelle Gordon
Postdoctoral Project on European Warfare and Extreme Violence. The Hugo Valentin Centre warmly welcomes new postdoctoral fellow Dr. Michelle Gordon.
Dr. Gordon has specific research and teaching expertise in studies of genocide and mass violence. Her doctoral thesis, British Colonial Violence in Perak, Sierra Leone and the Sudan, examines British colonial violence as a part of a longer tradition of European colonial violence and within a framework of extreme violence and mass killing.
New post doc. Sylwia Szymańska-Smolkin
Postdoctoral Project on the Role of Couriers in Spreading Awareness of Mass Murder during World War II.
The Hugo Valentin Centre warmly welcomes new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Sylwia Szymańska-Smolkin. Dr. Szymańska-Smolkin has research and teaching expertise in the history of the Holocaust and Eastern European Jewry. Her dissertation, "Fateful Decisions: The Polish Policemen and the Jewish Population of Occupied Poland, 1939-1945", examines the complicity of Polish policemen in the Holocaust in occupied Poland.
Opening of the exhibition Stitched Voices
The Hugo Valentin Centre organizes “Stitched Voices,” an exhibition of textile arts about political violence and resistance. The exhibition is co-organized with Fredens Hus, Conflict Textiles, the Conflict and Method research node, and Aberystwyth University.
Book written by Goran Miljan published: Croatia and the Rise of Fascism
Our colleague Goran Miljan recently published a book on the youth movement in the Independent state of Croatia, which was run by the fascist Ustasha organisation during 1941-45.
Four postdoctoral fellowships available!
For further information, please follow the links below:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocaust studies
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in genocide studies
Postdoctoral Research Fellow specializing in the study of national minorities in terms of linguistics
Postdoctoral Research Fellow specialising in the study of national minorities in the Nordic countries, in terms of Romani Studies
New volume: Knowledge, peace and international intervention
Knowledge about violent conflict and international intervention is political. It involves power struggles over the objects of knowing (problematization/silencing), how they are known (epistemic practices), and what interpretations are taken into account in policymaking and implementation. This topic is explored in a recently published edited volume by Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and HVCs Roland Kostić, carrying the title Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and Authenticity (Routledge).
Contribute to special issue in Romani Studies
The 2018 issue of our journal Multiethnica is dedicated to Nordic Romani studies, an expansive multidisciplinary research area that has seen a number of new perspectives and projects during recent years. Deadline for article submissions is 3 April.
The XVIth Hugo Valentin Lecture
We are pleased to announce that Professor Stathis N. Kalyvas of Yale University will be delivering the XVIth Annual Lecture in Honour of Hugo Valentin.
Project on racism and "intelligence"
Historian Jim W. Porter recently took up his position as a post-doctoral research fellow at the HVC. Dr. Porter received his PhD at Michigan State University in the history of science for a doctoral thesis that examined the efforts of an influential network of scientists, politicians and educational policymakers to implement more systematic testing and ability grouping in US public schools in the mid-1950s.
Postdoctoral project on the Jewish refugees in Sweden after the Holocaust
On 1 August, Dr. Pontus Rudberg took up a position as post-doctoral research fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre. His research has mainly been concerned with modern Jewish and Holocaust history and his doctoral thesis examined how Jews in neutral Sweden reacted to the predicament of European Jewry in the Nazi era.
Dr. Borges will work on the project "The New Speakers of Wymysory" at the Hugo Valentin Centre
We are happy to announce that Dr. Robert Borges, a linguist with specialization in sociolinguistics and contact-induced language change, has taken up his position as post-doctoral research fellow.
Academic conference on Indigenous policy
The HVC is co-organizing a conference on Indigenous policy, which will be held in Sapporo, Japan on 2 – 4 December 1017. The conference will be preceded by a workshop and art exhibition taking place 30 November – 1 December 2017.
Senior lecturer in Holocaust and genocide studies
We are advertising a two-year position as senior lecturer in Holocaust and genocide studies, which we hope to fill as soon as possible.
Three postdoc positions
The HVC is recruiting three postdocs. Two are in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies and one in minority studies. For more information and access to the online registration system, follow the links below.
Hugo Valentin Lecture online
Holly Guthrey new colleague at the HVC
We are happy to announce that we have received a new associate in Dr. Holly Guthrey, who is a peace and conflict researcher with specialization in reconciliation and transitional justice.
New PhD project
Kate Lonergan is a new PhD Candidate with the Hugo Valentin Centre and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. Her research focuses on reconciliation and peacebuilding after mass violence and atrocities.
Two postdoc positions
The Hugo Valentin Centre is announcing two postoc positions with 1 March 2017 as application deadline.
New PhD project
Lior Becker took up his position as PhD candidate on 1 January. He is most welcome to our Centre!
New senior lecturer at the HVC
We are happy to announce that our new senior lecturer, Christian Gudehus, took up his position on 1 January. Welcome to our Centre!
Date set for the Hugo Valentin Honorary Lecture 2017
The Hugo Valentin Lecture 2017 with Christopher R. Browning will take place in Uppsala on Thursday 16 March 2017.
International conference closed
The Conference Historicising International Law - Could We? Should We?gathered participants from four continents.
The Dept. of History seeks to fill a PhD position with placement at the HVC
The Department of History and the Hugo Valentin Centre are seeking to fill a joint PhD position, specialized in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies.
The Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research is seeking to fill a position in cooperation with the HVC
HVC will co-finance a PhD position with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. The position is a doctoral education with specialisation in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The doctoral student will be part of a cooperation between the Hugo Valentin Centre and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Christopher Browning for next year’s Hugo Valentin lecture
We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Browning has agreed to honour Uppsala University and the HVC by delivering the XVth Annual Lecture to the memory of Hugo Valentin.
New postdoc welcomed — Ida Ohlsson Al Fakir
Historian Ida Ohlsson Al Fakir began her postdoc employment at HVC on September 1st
Expert on political extremism visits the HVC
It is our pleasure to announce that professor Constantin Iordachi from the Central European University in Budapest is visiting the HVC during August and September 2016. Professor Iordachi is a historian and specialist in Central and East European political history and political extremism, and has published extensively on the subject.
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark lectures on education rights of minorities in Europe and Sweden
Associate professor, and head of research at Åland Islands Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, will give an open lecture Tuesday, April 26th, titled "Education rights of minorities - how are they implemented today around Europe and in Sweden?".
Two postdoc positions at the Hugo Valentin Centre
Hugo Valentin Centre announces two postdoc positions for the period 2016–2018; one position in minority studies and ethnic relationes and one in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Genocide Before the Holocaust
The Hugo Valentin Centre is very pleased to announce that Professor Cathie Carmichael of the University of East Anglia will be our 14th Hugo Valentin Lecturer. The title of her lecture is "Genocide Before the Holocaust". The event will take place at 4.15 PM on 11 April at Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala.
HVC Co-organizes Conference on Totalitarianism
The Hugo Valentin Centre is co-organizing the conference "Totalitarianism - Historiography, Politics and Culture of Remembrance in Central and Southeastern Europe" together with the Universities of Split and Zagreb. The event will take place in Split on 2–3 June.
Kick off for the supradisciplinary research project February 25
New book on migration and diasporas from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Li Bennich-Björkman, Roland Kostić, Branka Likić-Brborić, eds. Citizens at Heart? Perspectives on integration of refugees in the EU after the Yugoslav wars of succession. Uppsala Multiethnic Papers 56 (Hugo Valentin Centre: Uppsala 2016). Co-published with the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
The Hugo Valentin Centre one of the funders of research node
In 2016-2018, the Hugo Valentin Centre is one of the funders of the supradisciplinary research node Science, Validation, Partial Perspectives. Knowledge Production Beyond the Norms (Vetenskap, validering, partiella perspektiv. Kunskapsproduktion bortom normerna).
Public lecture with professor Maruyama
We welcome you to a public lecture with Professor Hiroshi Maruyama, who is visiting to receive his Honorary Doctorate at the Faculty of Philosophy and will speak on the following topic: