Academic Positions

  • Present 2014

    Elise Richter Fellow

    Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

  • 2011 2014

    Lise Meitner Fellow

    Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

  • 06.2011 06.2013

    Postdoctoral Research Grant

    Polish Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education

  • 06.2011 12.2011

    Bronisław Geremek Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The College of Europe Natolin Campus, Warsaw

  • 01.2011 06.2011

    Postdoctoral researcher

    The German Historical Institute in Warsaw

  • 09.2009 01.2011

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Exceptional Research Fund of KULeuven

  • 01.2009 09.2009

    Visiting Scholar

    Warsaw University with scholarships from the Flemish Community and the Polish State, of Warsaw University and KULeuven, and from the Polish History Museum

  • Fall 2007

    Visiting Scholar

    Institute for Russian History in Moscow with a scholarship from the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 01.2005 12.2008

    Scientific co-operator in History

    KULeuven, Flemish Fund for Scientific Research

  • 05.2005 02.2007

    Researcher

    Shorter research stays in Poland (4 months) with scholarships from Warsaw University and KULeuven

Education

  • Ph.D. 2005-08

    Doctoral student in History

    Straddling the Iron Curtain? Migrants' War Memories

    KULeuven, Belgium

  • MASTER2003-04

    Central and Eastern European Studies

    Magna cum laude

    Jagiellonian University, Poland

  • MASTER AFTER MASTER2002-03

    Policy Economics

    Magna cum laude

    KULeuven, Belgium

  • MASTER2000-02

    Slavic Studies

    Maxima cum laude

    KULeuven, Belgium

  • CANDIDATE1998-2000

    Slavic Studies

    Magna cum laude

    KULeuven, Belgium

  • GRAMMAR SCHOOL1992-1998

    Old Greek and Latin

    Cum laude

    Jesuit College Turnhout

Languages

  • Dutch (mother tongue)
  • English (MA Programme in English, PhD thesis written in English)
  • Polish (language currently spoken at home)
  • French (second language)
  • Russian (major language during MA studies)
  • German (I teach in German)
  • Bulgarian (basic knowledge)

Academic interest

  • 20th century European history
  • Migration history
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Oral history
  • Border regions
  • Comparative history
  • Children and youth

Across the Steppes

In December 2007, the Association of Soviet Citizens' choir in Belgium performed the song 'Across the Steppes' at a local Christmas Market. Belgians embrace the charming vodka-drinking babushkas as ‘our Buena Vista Social Club’. They no longer focus on the propagandistic content of their Soviet songs, but on the Roma folk melodies accompanying their lyrics. Even a reference to comrade Kliment Efremovich Voroshilov, army officer and later intimate friend of Stalin, does not hinder the choir members from receiving constant praise. My own song recordings are included in my PhD thesis .

www.machteldvenken.com

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    Top Citizen Science Project

    Talking borders. From Local Expertise to Global Exchange (funded by the Austrian Science Fund, 2018)

    This project combines methodologies from border studies and citizen science in order to come to understand the potentials and limits of bringing in non-scientific expertise in the generation of knowledge. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of the Habsburg Monarchy, the TCS experiment turns an academic conference into a site of scientific investigation itself, where 100 non-trained experts (first year students in the humanities from border regions throughout the ex-Habsburg area) meet 100 trained experts (border scholars) as equals for a cross-disciplinary experiment. The TCS project asks: (1) what do borders mean to border scholars? (2) What do borders mean to young adults from the (ex-) Habsburg area? And: (3) what new knowledge does a global encounter between non-trained and trained border experts reveal?

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    ABS World Conference 2018 in Vienna and Budapest

    University of Vienna and the ELTE University in Budapest

    The Institute for Eastern European History of the University of Vienna and the Faculty of Humanities of the ELTE University in Budapest won the bid to organise the next World Convention of the Association for Borderland Studies (10-14 July 2018). The first two days of the conference will be held in Vienna, the last two days in Budapest. In between, conference delegates can participate in an excursion to the Austro-Hungarian border. The initiator and conference chair of the conference is Dr. Mag. Machteld VENKEN, M.A., who is leading an international research project about children in European borderlands throughout the 20th Century. The head of the Scientific Committee is Univ.- Prof. Dr. Philipp Ther, M.A., who has a long publication record on border history, especially with regards to the German-Polish border. The conference team works closely together with various international organisations in Vienna, as well as with the Vienna Convention Bureau and the Budapest Convention Bureau.

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    Children in European Borderlands

    funded by the Austrian Science Fund (2012-2018)

    This project compares nationalisation, national identifications and social life worlds of the young who grew up in European border regions of annexation in the 20th century. It selects the two case-study regions Eupen-St.Vith-Malmedy (Belgium) and East Upper Silesia (district Lubliniecki, Poland) and presents a diachronical comparison of both post-World War periods (1920/22-1939/40 and 1944/45-1960). What the project seeks to examine is how nationalisation campaigns attempted to raise the young to be full members of the nation and how the young practiced affirmation or articulated distance towards nationalisation. As such, it shows what historiography can gain from an approach centred on the young and bridges the subdisciplinary gap between Western and East Central European historiography.

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    Ex-combatants in Poland

    Group Research project funded by the Polish Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education and the History Meeting House (2009-2013)

    Team
    • Project leader: Machteld Venken, PhD
    • Joanna Wawrzyniak, PhD (University of Warsaw)
    • Piotr Filipkowski, PhD (Polish Academy of Sciences)
    • Krzysztof Marcin Zalewski, PhD (Polish Academy of Sciences)
    • Jarosław Pałka, PhD (History Meeting House)
    About

    I composed a research team to gather and analyse biographical interviews with former Allied soldiers in Poland. Disguised during communism, the old men are now experiencing societal rehabilitation and are remembered as liberators of Europe. Setting up and leading this research project served to anchor me within the major Polish institutions pertaining to my field. The interviews are archived in the Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Belgium) and the History Meeting House (Poland).

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    Slavic Migrants in Belgium

    PhD project funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (2005-2008)

    I developed a comparative and entangled history of the settlement process of Slavic immigrant men and women who entered Belgium in the aftermath of World War II. On the crossroads of living historiographical developments, my work is innovative in the fields of World War II memory, East-West relations, and migration history. During the project, I was trained as a Contemporary Historian with a pan-European focus. I conducted archival research in Belgium, Poland and Russia and carried out 24 interviews with migrants in Belgium in Dutch, French, Polish and Russian. The interviews are archived in the Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society.

www.machteldvenken.com

List of publications

Books and Special Issues

  • Venken, Machteld. (ed.) Borderland Studies Meets Child Studies, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2017 (accepted).
  • Röger Maren and Venken Machteld (eds.) Growing up in the Shadow of the Second World War. European Perspectives, in: European Review of History / Revue européenne d'histoire (Special Issue) 22 (2015).

    Open Access Link

  • Pałka, Jarosław, Venken, Machteld, Zalewski, Krzysztof Marcin. Żołnierze 1. Dywizji Pancernej gen. Maczka. Doświadczenie i pamięć. Gdańsk, Muzeum Drugiej Wojny Światowej (Museum of the Second World War), 2013.

    Open Access Link

  • Venken, Machteld. Straddling the Iron Curtain? Immigrants, Immigrant Organisations, War Memories, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang Verlag, 2011.

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    Reviewed in:

    European Review 20 (04/2012)

    Acta Poloniae Historica 106 (2012)

    Migracijske i etničke teme 28 (2012)

    Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 1 (2013)

  • Venken, Machteld, Beyers, Leen and Goddeeris, Idesbald (ed.) Families, Foreignness, Migration. Now and Then. (Special issue), in: History of the Family. A Quarterly (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam) 14 (2009).

    Open Access Link

International peer reviewed articles (journals listed in ERIH Plus)

  • Venken, Machteld. Narrating the Time of Troubles in Polish School History Textbooks (1918-1989), in: Cahiers du Monde russe 57 (4/2016), 879-902.
  • Proofs

  • Venken, Machteld and Röger Maren. Growing up in the Shadow of the Second World War. European Perspectives. Introduction, in: European Review of History / Revue européenne d'histoire, Special Issue: Growing up in the Shadow of the Second World War. European Perspectives (Maren Röger and Machteld Venken (eds.)) 22 (2015) 199-220.
  • Venken, Machteld. Child Forced Labour. An Analysis of Ego Documents Throughout Time, in: European Review of History / Revue européenne d'histoire, Special Issue: Growing up in the Shadow of the Second World War. European Perspectives (Maren Röger and Machteld Venken (eds.)) 22 (2015) 368-388.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Nationalization Campaigns and Teachers’ Practices in Belgian-German and Polish-German Border Regions (1945-1956), in: Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Special Issue: Border Communities: Microstudies on Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies from 1945 to the Present (Oates-Indruchova, Libora and Blaive, Muriel (eds.)) 42 (2/2014), 223-241.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Herinneren in een (eens) verdeeld Europa. Consistentie en veranderlijkheid in getuigenissen van oud-strijders, in: Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire / Belgisch tijdschrift voor filologie en geschiedenis, Special Issue: Mondelinge Geschiedenis en Collectieve Herinnering. Tussen representatie en receptie (Wouters Nico and Aerts koen (eds.)), 92 (2014), 527-544.

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  • Venken, Machteld. De mobilisatie van Poolse oud-strijders in België, 1947-1972. Een andere visie op Poolse migrantenorganisaties, in: Brood en Rozen 3 (2012), 22-45.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Międzynarodowa i lokalna mobilizacja żołnierzy byłej Pierwszej Polskiej Dywizji Pancernej w Belgii w latach 1947-1970, in: Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość 17 (2011), 333-351.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Van onzichtbaar naar zichtbaar: van communistes tot slachtoffers en baboesjka’s. Gewezen Ostarbeiterinnen in België, in: Historica. Vereniging voor Vrouwengeschiedenis 3 (2010), 15-20.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Straddling the Iron Curtain? Migrants' War Memories, in: Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis / Revue Belge d'histoire contenporaine 39 (2009), 297-300.

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  • Beyers, Leen. Venken, Machteld and Goddeeris, Idesbald. Families, Foreignness, Migration. An Introduction, in: History of the Family. An International Quarterly 14 (2009), 125-131.
  • Venken, Machteld. Bodily Memory: Introducing Immigrant Organisations and the Family, in: History of the Family. An International Quarterly 14 (2009), 150-164.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Gemengd huwen, nationaliteit en de verschillen voor mannen en vrouwen. Poolse oudgedienden en Ostarbeiterinnen in België tijdens de K oude Oorlog, in: Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 5 (2008), 23-48

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  • Venken, Machteld. Constructie en receptie van het collectieve geheugen bij enkele Poolse gewezen divisiesoldaten in België. De Koude Oorlog in praktijken, in: Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis / Revue Belge d'histoire contenporaine 3-4 (2007), 387-417.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Konstrukcja i recepcja pamięci zbiorowej wśród polskich dywizjonistów w Belgii. Zimna wojna w praktyce, in: Przegląd Polonijny 33 (2007), 41-62.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Heeft het Lijfs nog een toekomst? Taalpolitiek in Letland van nabij bekeken, in: Streven 74 (January 2007), 316-324.

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  • Venken, Machteld and Goddeeris, Idesbald. The Nationalization of Identities: Ukrainians in Belgium, 1920-1950, in: Journal of Ukrainian Studies 31 (2006), 89-115.

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Other peer-reviewed articles

  • Zalewski, Krzysztof Marcin and Venken, Machteld. Boso, ale na rowerze. De helaasheid der dingen in Polen, in: Filter. Tijdschrift over vertalen (Themanummer Verhulst) 22/3 (2015)

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  • Венкен, Махтельд. Як спів може надати сенсу воєнному досвіду. Остарбайтерки в Бельгії повоєнного періоду, in: Україна модерна, Міжнародний інтедектуадьний часопис. (2015)

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  • Venken, Machteld. Тілесна пам’ять: імміґрантські організації та родина (вступ до проблеми), in: East-West Journal (Kharkiv University, 2009), 193-218.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Heeft het Lijfs nog een toekomst? Taalpolitiek in Letland van nabij bekeken, in: Het Beste van De Tijdschriften (Culturele en Literaire Tijdschriften Vlaanderen), gelegenheidsbundel naar aanleiding van de Antwerpse boekenbeurs (2007), 72-75.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Letters connect people and people? The Communist ‘Polonia’ Society and Polish Immigrants in Belgium, 1956-90. Transnationalism avant la lettre?, in: Journal of Intercultural Studies, Newcastle University, thematic issue Writing Home (ed. Philippe Rygiel) (2007), 25-38.

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Articles published without peer review

  • Leen Beyers and Machteld Venken. Geschiedenis van integratie? Een historische kijk op vestigingsprocessen na migratie, in: Mededelingenblad van de Belgische Vereniging voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis (2006), 13-16.

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  • Venken Machteld. Polen in Wit-Rusland: Een boksmatch met internationaal karakter, in: Oost-Europa Tijdingen. (2005), 36-41.

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  • Venken Machteld. De diversificatie van de Poolse energiesector, in: Oost-Europa Tijdingen. (2005), 43-47.

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Book chapters

  • Christiaens, Kim, Goddeeris, Idesbald, Venken, Machteld. Rząd belgijski na londyńskim wygnaniu, in: Żurawski Radosław Paweł (ed.), Struktury władzy na emigracji, Kraków, Arcana, 2014, 399-413.

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  • Venken, Machteld. 'You still live far from the Motherland, but you are her son, her daughter'. War Memory and Soviet Mental Space (1945-2011), in: Mink, Georges and Neumayer, Laure (eds.) History, Memory and Politics in Central, East and South East Europe, Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 54-67.

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  • Venken, Machteld. ‘I am also a Foreigner, but with Me it’s Different’: Polish Displaced Persons, War Memory and Ethnification in Belgium, in: Kleist, Olaf and Glynn, Irial (eds.) History, Memory and Migrant Incorporation: How Perceptions of the Past Affect the Reception of Immigrants, Houndsmill, Palgrave, 2012, 49-67.

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  • Venken, Machteld. The Communist ‘Polonia’ Society and Polish Immigrants in Belgium, 1956-90, in: Rygiel Philippe and Squires Graham (eds.) Hearing from Home, Paris, Edition Publibook, 2012, 43-58.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Vkliuchennoe nabliudenie i/ili interv’iu? Sobiranie kollektivnykh i/ili lichnykh vospominany? Case-study v Bel’gii, in: Grinchenko, Gelinada; Khanenko-Friesen, Natalia (eds.) In Search of Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method, and Source, Kharkiv, Torgsin Plus, 2010, 64-73.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Wie Singen Kriegserlebnisse Sinn verleihen kann. Ostarbeiterinnen im Belgien der Nachkriegszeit, in: Boesen, Elisabeth and Lenz, Fabienne (eds.) Migration et mémoire. Concepts et methods de recherche/ Migration und Erinnerung. Konzepte und Methoden der Forschung, Berlin, LIT Verlag, 2010, 151-165.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Tussen Oost en West. De oorlogsherinneringen van migrantenvrouwen en -mannen tijdens de Koude Oorlog, in: Lisa Wouters & Catherine Wallemacq (eds.) Aken van het colloquium Genderstudies: een genre apart? Savoirs de genre: quel genre de savoir? 2009, Brussel, Sophia vzw, 2010, 79-93.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Polish liberators and Ostarbeiterinnen in Belgium during the Cold War. Mixed marriages and the differences for immigrant men and women, in: Schrover, Marlou and Yeo, Eileen (eds.) Gender, Migration and the Public Sphere, 1850-2005, Londen, Routledge, 2010, 54-75.

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Book reviews

  • Venken, Machteld. Book review. Menno Spierling and Michael Wintle (eds), European Identity and the Second World War, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, in: Journal of Contemporary History, 49 (2014), 853-854.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Review. Dénes: Liberty and the Search for Identity. Liberal Nationalisms and the Legacy of Empires, in: European Review (Cambridge University Press) 17 (2009), 638-641.

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  • Venken, Machteld. Review. What We Remember. The construction of memory in military discourse by Mariana Achugar, in: Paradigmatics 18 (2008), 814-815.

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Other

  • Editorial: Venken, Machteld and Daenen, Roel. Editoriaal. Grenzeloos, in: Tijd-Schrift 3 (2014), 4-5.

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  • Editorial: Venken, Machteld. Editoriaal. Erfgoed en migratie, in: Tijd-Schrift 2 (2012), 4-5.

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  • Leaflet: Venken, Machteld. De soldaten van de Eerste Poolse Pantserdivisie. Hun geschiedenis., in: Pools Instituut in Brussel (eds.) Gelegenheidsbrochure naar aanleiding van 70 jaar bevrijding van België (S 2014), 6-21.

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  • Working Paper: Venken, Machteld. Migration and War Memory in a European perspective? A Case-Study on Displaced Persons in Belgium, in: College of Europe Natolin Papers 5 (2011).

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  • Opinion Article: Venken, Machteld. Polen ernstig uit balans, in: De Standaard (12 April 2010), 18.

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  • Unpublished Expertise Paper: Venken, Machteld. Experiences of women and children during World War II (written on request of the Museum of the Second World War, Poland), 2010, 48 pages.
  • Unpublished PhD Thesis: Venken, Machteld. Straddling the Iron Curtain? Migrants' War Memories, Catholic University of Leuven, 2008.

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  • United Nations UNECE Gas Centre (with the cooperation of Machteld Venken) Report on the Gas Company and Market Structure in the European Part of the UNECE Region. Geneva, United Nations, 2005.

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  • Unpublished Master Thesis: Venken, Machteld. The Diversification of the Polish Natural Gas Market in an Enlarged European Union, Jagiellonian University, 2004.

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  • Unpublished Master Thesis: Venken, Machteld. Nieuwe syntheses? Het opera-oeuvre van Krzysztof Penderecki, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2002.

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List of Presentations

    2017

  • Language learning in interwar European borderlands, German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 07.10.2017
  • The Association for Borderland Studies World Conference: Conception and Organisation, FSP Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung, University of Vienna, 20.06.2017
  • The Association for Borderland Studies World Conference: Conception and Organisation, 3. Netzwerktreffen für Postdocs der Geschichtswissenschaftern in Österreich, University of Vienna, 14.07.2017
  • Borderland Studies Meets Child Studies. A European Encounter, Association for Borderland Studies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 12.04.2017
  • Language Learning in Interwar European Borderland Primary Schools. A comparison between Polish Upper Silesia and Eupen-Malmedy, 1919-1925, Minorities In/At War, Jewish Museum Brussels, GECESOMA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, 09.03.2017
  • 2016

  • Social advance in interwar European borderlands? A compared analysis of elite training in Polish Upper Silesia and the Eupen-Malmedy region, University of Leipzig, 08.12.2016.
  • How Universal Was Communist Children’s Television? Representing Borders in the Polish Series Four Tank-Men and a Dog, Conference: Perceptions of Society at the Top in East Central Europe, 1945-1981, New York University, Prague, 02.12.2016.
  • Language Learning in Interwar European Borderland Primary Schools. A Comparison between Polish Upper Silesia and Eupen-Malmedy, Tadeusz Mazowiecki Cycle of Lectures on the History of the Visegrad Countries, 14.11.2016
  • Borderland Studies, Child Studies, Europeanisation. A New Encounter, Association for Borderland Studies, European Conference, University of Luxembourg, 07.10.2016
  • Children in 20th Century European Borderlands, presentation on the final event of the Mentoring Program for Female Postdoctoral Academics, University of Vienna, 13.06.2016
  • Language learning as borderscaping process in interwar European borderlands, Conference: Borderscape as an Interdisciplinary Concept, Luxemburg University, 08.04.2016.
  • Growing Up in 20th-Century European Borderlands, European Social Science History Conference, Valencia University, 30.03.2016.
  • Session organiser: Changing Border, Defining Identity. A European Perspective of Shaping Children's Role in Modern Society, European Social Science History Conference, Valencia University, 30.03.2016.
  • Wie universell war das kommunistische Fernsehen? Neue Ergebnisse über audiovisuelle Medien in der Volksrepublik Polen, Tadeusz Mazowiecki - Ringvorlesung zur Geschichte Polens, Universität Wien, 18.1.2016.
  • 2015

  • Moulding New Citizens for 20th Century Europe? A Comparison of Elite Training in the Belgian-German and Polish-German Borderlands (1920-1940 and 1945-1960), Colloquium, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, 04.06.2015.
  • Illegal youth organisations in East Upper Silesia 1947-1956, Conference: From the poison cabinets of communism. Methodological questions on working with surveillance files in South-eastern and Central Europe, Humboldt University, Berlin, 30.04.2015.
  • Narrating the Time of Troubles in Polish history schoolbooks (1918-1989), Conference: Children and War. Reflecting on Wartime Childhood across the Centuries, Mainz University, 23.03.2015.
  • Organiser of the Conference: Growing Up in 20th Century European Borderlands, University of Vienna, 15-16.01.2015.
  • Presenter of the Paper: Elite Training in Interwar Europe. A Perspective from the Border, University of Vienna, 15-16.01.2015.
  • Growing Up in 20th-Century European Borderlands, European Social Science History Conference, Valencia University, 30.03.2016.
  • Organiser of the Conference: Growing Up in 20th Century European Borderlands / Presenter of the Paper: Elite Training in Interwar Europe. A Perspective from the Border, University of Vienna, 15-16.01.2015.
  • 2014

  • The Best Propaganda is Adventure for Children. The Non-Presentation of the Holocaust in the Polish Television Series “Four Tank-Men and a Dog”, Conference: Völkermord zur Primetime - Der Holocaust im Fernsehen / Genocide at Prime Time - The Holocaust on TV Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-studien, Vienna, 04.12.2014.
  • Comparing Nationalisation and Elite Training in 20th Century European Borderlands, 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, San Antonio, Texas, 20.11.2014.
  • Podium Discussant on the Round Table: "Publishing in English: Challenges and Chances", University of Vienna, Institute for Eastern European History, 07.11.2014.
  • Organiser of the Session: History of Childhood and Children in 20th Century Europe/ Presentation of the paper: Comparing Nationalisation and Elite Training in 20th Century European Borderlands, 10. Österreichischer Zeitgeschichtetag, Universität Klagenfurt, 29.09.2014.
  • Presentation (together with Grzegorz Kaczorowski): Historia mówiona w powiecie lublinieckim (województwo katowickie), Dom Kultury, Koszęcin, Poland, 05.07.2014.
  • Organiser and Discussant of the Panel: Writing Europe and the East-West Divide, with Sławomir Sierakowski, Jessie Labov and Johannes Kontny, University of Vienna, Institute for Eastern European History, 09.06.2014.
  • Child Forced Labour. An Analysis of Ego Documents Throughout Time. Conference: Storylines and Blackboxes. Kosntellationen auto/biographischer Erzählungen über Gewalterfahrungen im Kontext des Zweiten Weltkrieges, Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, Vienna, 24.05.2014.
  • Projektpräsentation. Die Nationalisierung von Kindern/Jugendlichen in europäischen Grenzregionen, University of Vienna, Institute for Eastern European History, 20.05.2014.
  • (together with Krzysztof Marcin Zalewski) Boso, ale na rowerze. De Helaasheid der dingen in Polen, Circulation of Dutch Literature workshop, ELTE University, Budapest, 08.05.2014.
  • Organiser of the Session: War Children in the War and the Post-war / Presenter of the paper (together with Maren Röger) War Children in the Post-war: An Introduction, European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, 23.04.2014.
  • 2013

  • Presentation of the Draft Project Proposal: Children of Annexation. A Comparative and Entangled History, 1939-1960. On the Seminary of Professor Philipp Ther, University of Vienna, Institute for Eastern European History, 09.10.2013.
  • Zwangsarbeitserfahrungen polischer Kinder in Ego-Dokumenten und Selbstzeugnissen, Conference: Kontakte und Kulturtransfer im historischen Raum Ostpreussen 5 (1700-2000), Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung an der Technische Universität Berlin, organised in Nida, Lithuania, 22.09.2013
  • Native borderland children in Europe. An Explorative Study, Conference: Children and War: Past and Present, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, 11.07.2013.
  • 2012

  • Organiser of the Conference: War Children in the Post-war. A West-East perspective on child policies, child experiences and warchildhood remembrance cultures in Europe since 1945, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres and German Historical Institute Warsaw, Vienna, 13-15.12.2012.
  • Nationalisation Campaigns and Teachers’ Life Paths in Belgian-German and Polish-German Border Regions, Conference: Region – Europa – Nation? Kollektive Identitäten an Grenzen: Deutschland, die Niederlände und Belgien im 20. Jahrhundert, University of Aachen, 21.09. 2012.
  • Organiser of the Session: East-West Comparisons / Presenter of the paper: War Memories, Border Regions, Children and Migrants in Europe, Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz, 03.10.2012.
  • In their own words. War experiences of Polish child forced labourers, Conference: Children, Women and Families – Migration in Historical Perspective, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, 06.09.2012.
  • Józef Chałasiński and the Young Countryside Generation of the Polish People’s Republic, Conference: Dissenters and Collaborators: Revisiting Cold War Binaries, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna, 12.06.2012.
  • Organiser of the Session: Border Studies meet Migration Studies? Similarities and Differences / Presenter of the paper: Teachers and Nationalisation in Belgian-German and Polish-German Borderlands, at: European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, 11- 14.04.2012.
  • Organiser of the session: Border Studies meet Migration Studies: Similarities and Differences / Presenter of the paper: Educating a new generation of border people: a comparison between the Polish Western and Belgian Germanspeaking borderlands, 1945-1960, Belgische Dag voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis, 24.03.2012.
  • (together with Piotr Filipkowski) Making meaning of war experiences: Polish ex-combatants settled in Belgium and in Poland, Conference: Beyond Camps and Forced Labour. Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution. Fourth International Multidisciplinary Conference at the Imperial War Museum, London, 05.01.2012.
  • 2011

  • Giving meaning to war experiences. Ex-combatants from Poland and Belgium, Conference: Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe. Theory and Methods, University Library Warsaw, 24.11.2011.
  • Discussant on: "From the Iron Curtain to the Schengen Area", Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna, 28-30.09.2011.
  • Educating Children about War: a case study on the Historical East Prussia Region at the Biennale of the Society for History of Childhood and Youth, Columbia University, New York, 24.06.2011.
  • 2010

  • Early Postwar Memories of Children from the Historical East Prussia Region, workshop at the German Historical Institute, Warsaw, 15.06.2011.
  • 2009-2010: Poland, Germany and Russia remember World War II at the Biennale of Belgian Slavists, Brussels, 13.11.2010.
  • Migrantenorganisaties: brug naar of hindernis tot integratie? Een historisch perspectief at the Lezingenreeks Actuele Geschiedenis, Lamot Center and University of Antwerp, 10.11.2010.
  • War Memories. Border Regions, Children and Migrants in Europe (1945-1970) at the Workshop Border Communities: Microstudies on Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies from 1945 to the Present, LBI EHP, Vienna, 14.10.2010.
  • Making meaning of war experiences. Polish ex-combatants settled in Belgium and in Poland at the Oral History Association Conference, Prague, 07.07.2010.
  • `Because we Liberated your Country`. Polish Immigrants in Belgium, War Memory and Etnification on the panel History, Memory and Migration at the European Social Science History Conference Ghent. 15.04.2010.
  • 2009

  • Participant Observation or Interviews? Gathering collective or personal memories? A case study from Belgium at the conference In Search of Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method and Source, Kharkiv State University, 13.12.2009.
  • Singing a Meaning to War Experiences on the conference 1948 and All That: Soviet Music, Ideology & Power, Cambridge University, 27.11.2009.
  • From Communist Invisibles to Traumatized Visibles. Ostarbeiterinnen in Belgium, 1945-2009. 7thCEEISA Convention (The Central and East European International Studies Association), Saint Petersburg State University, 03.09.2009.
  • Families, Foreignness, Migration. Now and Then, Ośrodek Badań nad Migracjami, Warsaw University, 15.06.2009.
  • Straddling the Iron Curtain? Migrants` War Memories, Historical Institute, Warsaw University, seminarium prof. Kuly, Borodzieja i Kochanowskiego, 16.04.2009.
  • 2008

  • Ostarbeiterinnen and War Memory on the conference Foreign Labour in Wartime German y: the Gender Perspective, Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society, Brussels, 16.12.2008.
  • War memory and integration on the workshop on integration, University of Antwerp, 29.10.2008.
  • Families and Silence: Ostarbeiterinnen in Belgium on the conference Migration und Erinnerung. Konzepte und Methoden der Forschung, University of Luxemburg, 05.06.2008.
  • Embodied Memory on the conference Families, Constructions of Foreignness and Migration in 20th Century Western Europe, KULeuven, 16.05.2008.
  • Betekenis geven aan oorlogservaring. Herinneringen en identificaties van migranten over het Ijzeren Gordijn heen on the 5th Dutch-Flemish Days of Slavic specialists, University of Ghent, 18.04.2008.
  • Singing Memory during the workshop The Cold War and the Integration of Migrants which I organized on the European Social Science History Conference, University of Lissabon, 27.2.2008.
  • Polish ex-combatants in confrontation with Polish domestic workers: identification reorientations on the conference Labour Migration and Europeanization, KULeuven, 23.2.2008.
  • 2006

  • Het Kostwinnersmodel en Slavische migranten in België na WO II. On: Gender en Migratie, CGM – Studiedag, University of Leiden, 15.12.2006.
  • Polish migration to Western Europe in the 1980s. On: Western European Trade Unions and Solidarity, 1980-89, Université libre de Bruxelles, 8.12.2006.
  • Het digitale leerplatform eRMIONE. Informatiekunde aan de hand van primaire Poolse bronnen. Colloquium: Het Cultureel aspect in het onderwijs van Slavische Talen’, KULeuven, 17.11.2006.
  • Konstrukcja i recepcja pamięci zbiorowej wśród polskich dywizjonistów w Belgii. Zimna wojna w praktyce. V Międzynarodową Konferencję Polonijną w Szczecinie: Polska-Polonia. Wzajemne oczekiwania. Polska tożsamość na emigracji, Uniwersytet Szczeciński, 20.10.2006.
  • Letters connect people and nation. Correspondence between the Communist 'Polonia' Society and Polish Immigrants in Belgium 1955-90. European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, 23.3.2006.
  • For Your Freedom and Ours. Individual and collective identities of Polish Ex-combatants in Belgium, 1950-2006. Conference: Dag van de Nieuwste Geschiedenis, Université de Liège, 18.3.2006.

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In Austria

  • 03.2017 – 06.2017

    In Front Of, Above and Beyond the Cold War Division Fence

    BA Guided Reading: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours.

    Student evaluations not yet available

  • 10.2016 – 02.2017

    The History of the Visegrad Countries (together with Christoph Augustynowicz)

    MA Tadeusz Mazowiecki Cycle of Lectures: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours.

    Course Programme

    Student evaluations not yet available

  • 03.2016 – 06.2016

    Nationalism and Language in the Long 19th Century

    BA Guided Reading: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours.

    Student evaluations

  • 09.2015

    Russian Historiography

    BA Course: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours (in German).

    Student evaluations

  • 03.2015 06.2015

    Global History of Borderlands

    BA Proseminar: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours (in German).

    Student Evaluations

  • 10.2014 02.2015

    History of Families and Children in 19th and 20th Century Europe

    BA Guided Reading: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours (in German).

    Student Evaluations

  • 03.2014 07.2014

    History of Central and Eastern Europe (20th Century)

    BA Guided Reading: University of Vienna, Department of History. 30 hours (in German).

    Student Evaluations

In Poland

  • 02.2009 06.2009

    Migration History in 20th Century Europe

    MA course, Department of History. 30 hours (in English).

  • 03.2009

    Liberalism and European Identities

    BA course: Jagiellonian University Cracow, Department of European Studies. 16 hours (in English).

In Belgium

  • 10.2012

    History of Central and Eastern Europe

    MA Seminar (guest lectures): KU Leuven, Department of History. 4 hours (in English).

    Student Evaluations

  • 09.2009 01.2011

    Sociale en politieke identiteiten: bewegingen en structuren in de 19de en 20ste eeuw

    MA Seminar (guest lectures): KU Leuven, Department of History. 4 hours (in Dutch).

  • 09.2009 01.2011

    Supervision of 4 MA theses

    KU Leuven, European Studies Programme (in English).

  • 2006 2007

    Assistance in the supervision

    2 MA theses, KU Leuven (in Dutch).

  • 02.2007 06.2007

    Migration and Oral History

    BA Seminar: KU Leuven, Department of History. 30 hours (in Dutch).

  • 11.2006 12.2006

    BA interactive workshop

    On ERMIONE, a digital learning platform. Students analysed original communist source materials: KU Leuven, Department of Slavic Studies, 12 hours (in Dutch, Polish and Russian).

  • 08.2005 09.2005

    Ombudswoman of the Third Exam Session

    KU Leuven, Department of History (in Dutch).

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Veterans, Victims, and Memory

Volume 5: Kochanowski, Jerzy.

Through the Back door. The Black Market in Poland 1944-1989, 2017.

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Veterans, Victims, and Memory

Volume 4: Wawrzyniak, Joanna.

Veterans, Victims, and Memory, 2015.

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Evoking Polish Memory

Volume 3: Witeska-Młynarczyk, Anna.

Evoking Polish Memory. State, Self and the Communist Past in Transition, 2014.

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Arrested Mourning

Volume 2: Wóycicka, Zofia.

Arrested Mourning. Memory of the Nazi Camps in Poland, 1944-1950, 2013.

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The Nation Should Come First

Volume 1: Górny, Maciej.

The Nation Should Come First: Marxism and Historiography in East Central Europe, 2013.

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    Jan Myrcik

    is one of the 27 Polish borderland inhabitants interviewed within the framework of the project 'Nationalising the Young in European Borderlands'. The interview was conducted in Polish by Grzegorz Kaczorowski in 2013.

    Jan Myrcik was born on 15 November 1931 in Lubliniec (East Upper Silesia, Poland). He started primary school in 1938 in Poland, continued his primary education during the annexation in German, and in 1945-46 went back to a Polish primary school. Although he relearned Polish, his knowledge of the language was not sufficient to attend a secondary school in the humanities, due to which he went to a vocational school instead. In 1948, as a member of the organisation Duty for Poland / Służba Polsce, he helped to rebuild Warsaw. Jan Myrcik became a theater instructor in the well-known Polish folklore band Ślᶏsk (Silesia) and, later, the director of the culture house in his village Koszęcin.

    While being in a Polish primary school in Poland at the end of the 1930s, Myrcik signed his reading book 'Johann Myrcik'. Click to enlarge.

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    Johanna Gallo-Schmitz

    is one of the 11 Belgian borderland inhabitants interviewed within the framework of the project 'Nationalising the Young in European Borderlands'. The interview was conducted in German by Wendy Mueller in 2012.

    Johanna Gallo-Schmitz was born in 1937 in the village Steinebrück-Lommersweilen in the East Cantons, the Belgian region bordering Germany. The region was annexed to Germany in 1940. During Hitler's Last Offensive in the Winter of 1944, her house was bombed and Johanna lost her mother and four of her siblings. In order to make ends meet, she herded cattle and smuggled butter and coffee. Later, she was sent to serve a Belgian family in Verviers (Wallonia) and Brussels. When she married, she returned to her birth region and became a housewife.



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    Wacław Galios

    is one of the 32 ex-combatants interviewed within the framework of the project Ex-combatants in Poland. The interview was conducted in Polish by Karolina Żłobecka in 2010 and is archived in the Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Belgium) and the History Meeting House (Poland).

    Wacław Galios was born on 30 September 1921 in Kochłowice (Poland). He went to school and worked as a clerk and a stoker in interwar Poland. When his home grounds were annexed to the Third Reich, he was called up to serve in the German Army. Wacław Galios fought not only for the Germans. In fact, he deserted and joined the First Polish Armoured Division, a Polish division fighting with the Allies for the liberation of Europe. After the war, he returned to Poland in 1947 and became a miner. In the late 1970s, he joined the Communist Association for Ex-Combatants (ZBoWiD) and with time became a board member.


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    Olga from La Louvière (Belgium)

    is one of the 12 former Ostarbeiterinnen I interviewed in 2006 in French within the framework of my project on Slavic migrants in Belgium. Her testimony is archived in the Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Belgium).

    Olga was born on 24 March 1927 in Soviet Ukraine, but her birth year was changed in her Belgian passport in order to enable her to marry her Belgian fiancé in 1945 and to avoid deportation to the Soviet Union. Olga met her future husband during forced labour in Germany, where she worked as an Ostarbeiterin, and he as a Political Prisoner. Olga was sterilized and remained childless. After the death of her husband, however, she married another man and became a happy stepmother. She worked as a hairdresser in La Louvière and in the late 1980s joined the Greek-Catholic Church in Belgium.

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    Stefan Jezierski

    is one of the 12 Polish migrants I interviewed in 2006 in Dutch and Polish within the framework of my project on Slavic migrants in Belgium. His testimony is archived in the Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Belgium).

    Stefan Jezierski was born on 10 December 1924 in Kalisz (Poland). He did not tell me much about his war experiences, because he joined the army before he was 18 years old and is afraid that was illegal. Stefan Jezierski served in the First Polish Armoured Division, a Polish division fighting with the Allies for the liberation of Europe. During its liberation march, he met a young woman in the Dutch-Belgian border town Baarle-Hertog. The couple married soon after the end of the war. When the division was demobilised, Stefan had a hard time to find a loophole in restrict migration policies in order to be able to join his wife and settle in Massenhoven, a town near Antwerp. Stefan Jezierski searched for the company of other Polish migrants in the early 1980s, after the death of his wife.

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Press

  • Conference Report ´Growing Up in Borderlands´
  • Interview in Der Standard
  • Leistungsbericht der Universität Wien
  • Conference Report 'War Children in the Postwar'
  • Interview about the book 'Soldiers of General Maczek'
  • Opinion Article in De Standaard
  • Conference Report 'Families, Foreignness, Migration'
  • Interview in 'De Gazet van Zurenborg'

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