The Unlike Refuge? is a 5-year comparative research project funded by the European Research Council (Consolidator grant) and hosted by the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
The project aims to write refugees back into the history of East-Central Europe, a region which is often considered a place to leave rather than to search refuge in. Since September 2019, the project team has been systematically probing the interactions of civil societies, humanitarian organisations and nation-states with refugees in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia and their successor states in the 20th century.
The project deploys methods from spatial studies and combines traditional historical enquiry with digital humanities methods. It attempts to produce new microhistorical studies of refugee spaces and analyses of life trajectories of selected samples of refugees.
- Michal Frankl, Principle Investigator, scientific coordinator and expert on Czechoslovak refugee policies.
- Doina Anca Cretu focuses on refugee camps in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the First World War.
- Lidia Zessin-Jurek explores the issue of refugees to Poland with focus on the late 1930s.
- Nikola Tohma concentrates on Cold War refugees in Czechoslovakia.
- Julia Reinke on Greek refugees in the German Democratic Republic and the Polish People’s Republic.
- Francesca Rolandi scrutinizes refugees to Yugoslavia with focus on the Upper Adriatic region.
- Karla Koutková, social anthropologist, examines the refugeedom in post-communist East-Central Europe.
Conferences and workshops
- Making Refuge: Place and Space in Refugee History (Call for Papers) October 16, 2023
Events and news
- Nikola Tohma on the Czechoslovak aid to child refugees from Greece (online talk) February 29, 2024
- “Like we would help brothers or sisters”? A new article by Nikola Tohma and Julia Reinke February 26, 2024
- Invited Lecture by Avishek Ray: Zomia contra Nation State. The Vagabond in the South Asian Imagination February 1, 2024
- Annelise Thimme Article Prize for Francesca Rolandi, Dominique K. Reill and Ivan Jeličić December 11, 2023