Category: Research

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Reluctant Heritage? Revisiting museums and memory sites in Central and Eastern Europe

The conference Reluctant Heritage:  Revisiting museums and memory sites in Central and Eastern Europe from a transnational perspective, which took place in Bucharest from 4–5 November 2016 associated with the international research project ‘Museums and Controversial Collections’, questioned the role of museums and memory sites in a post-dictatorial context. We...

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Imperial rivalry and the story of Europe’s grand shopping streets

Today, Regent Street is one of the most iconic streets in London, known for imposing neoclassical buildings built along a sweeping curve that houses an international blend of shops and attracts an international blend of customers. Equally famous is Paris’s Rue de Rivoli, a long avenue of shops stretching from...

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Inside out, or a look at history of emotions

Emotions are hard. Pixar attempted to make this easier with Inside Out (2015), by creating characters to represent and interpret our base emotions (anger, sadness, joy, fear, and disgust). But in one hundred or five hundred years, what will this film tell future generations about how we experienced, understood and...

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Cooking from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

We need to eat to survive and this is cooking’s primary purpose. But cooking is not only a matter of survival; it is also a social practice and key part of our cultural heritage. Recipes and cookbooks, as well as historical literature, testify to this. Medieval feasts in particular were...

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Being Volksdeutsch in Poland: Research Poster

This poster, titled “Being Volksdeutsch in Poland – Volksdeutsch-Polish Children in Upper Silesia in an Age of Extremes”, is a visual outline for my PhD project based at the University of Silesia. This research is part of the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network CHIBOW – Children Born of War....

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity and Collaboration: Conference Report

On 21 October 2016, the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at UCL, with the support of the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund, organised the one-day workshop on ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity, and Collaboration in Nazi-dominated Europe’. In the past two decades, research into perpetrators, collaborators, and...

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...

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Death and Memorial Landscapes: A Photographic Journey

For centuries, portraying and later photographing the living and the dead has been both common practice and the object of constant superstition and fear. For a long time, people widely believed that a pictorial act – painting and later photography – could imprison the soul. The industrial revolution profoundly changed...