5-year Research Fellowship for Bianca Gaudenzi

We are happy to announce that Bianca Gaudenzi is now a Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg! Bianca joined the Zukunftskolleg in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and is associated with the Department of History.

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.