Bianca won over the recruitment committee in the last call for applications for Research Fellowships and has now the status of a Research Fellow.
In her research project “The restitution of looted cultural property in Austria, the German Federal Republic and Italy,1945-1998“ she will analyse the process of restitution of looted cultural property in post-war Austria, (West) Germany and Italy from the end of the Second World War to the signing of the 'Washington Declaration on Nazi-confiscated Art' in 1998. Conceived as a transnational history of restitution practices as they unfolded in the three main post-fascist countries, the project investigates the impact of restitution (or lack thereof) along three main lines of enquiry: First, the (re)construction of local, national and later European communities in the postwar period; second, the process of coming to terms with Europe's fascist past; and third, the institutionalisation of supranational policies for the protection of cultural heritage during and after the Cold War.
The Research Fellowship will be combined with a Visiting Fellowship at the German Historical Institute Rome. The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds this research project with 299,650 Euro.