Job advertisement for newly founded ERC research group GLORE

“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

The research group will use Social GIS methods to locate and map these flows of actors and knowledge, especially through an intensive focus on the International Tracing Service (ITS)/Arolsen archives, which have hitherto seldom been analyzed in a global perspective. It will link this empirical corpus with data gleaned from other international, national, and local archives, as well as non-archival sources, such as refugee memoirs and biographies, and representations of refugee resettlement in newspapers and literature.

Post Doc 1: Forced Displacement and Resettlement of Ethnic Germans after 1945 in Europe and Abroad
Post Doc 2: Forced Displacement and Resettlement after 1945 in Asia

PhD 1: Vulnerable groups of Displaced Persons: Unaccompanied Children navigating the DP camps in Europe and the resettlement schemes to get abroad
PhD 2: Vulnerable groups of Displaced Persons: resettling the physically or mentally disabled DPs in Europe and abroad
PhD 3: Hubs of Displacement: Port cities (Shanghai or Hong Kong)
PhD 4: Hubs of Displacement: transit through the Philippines


See the full job advertisements:
Displacement and Resettlement - 4 PhD Positions
Post Doc Displacement and Resettlement in Asia
Post Doc Displacement and Resettlement in Europe


For more information about the advertised position, please contact Erika Stiller-Lanz,
Please submit your application by email (pdf of all documents) by 1.12.2022.