Participants

Young refugees from Yugoslavia on a beach in Corsica, 1960 

Helga Schreckenberger is Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder Green and Gold Professor of German and Chair of the Chair of the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont. Prof. Schreckenberger’s research activities focus on 20th century Austrian literature, particularly on post-1945 authors. She has co-authored a monograph on Gerhard Roth, and has published on Ruth Beckermann, Lilian Faschinger, Peter Henisch, Felix Mitterer, Elisabeth Reichart, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Vladimir Vertlib. Her second area of research is exile literature. Her publications in this area include articles on Joseph Hahn, Irmgard Keun, Erika Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Egon Schwartz, and Arnold Zweig as well as two editions, Aesthetiken des Exils (2003) and Die Alchemie des Exils (2005). Her current book project analyzes the literary works of non-native Austrian writers such as Vladimir Vertlib, Dimitre Dinev, Anna Kim, Michael Stavranic, and Doron Rabinovichi.

Swen Steinberg is a Lecturer in the Migration & Diaspora Studies Program at Carleton University in Ottawa and at the Department of History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Research Ambassador of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Affiliated Scholar of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC with its Pacific Regional Office at University of California Berkeley. His research is interested in the intersection of migration and knowledge, especially in forestry and mining, and refugees from Nazi occupied Europe. Recent publications are the special issues Refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe in British Overseas Territories in the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (2020, with Anthony Grenville), Knowledge and Young Migrants in KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge (2019, with Simone Lässig), and Knowledge and Migration in Geschichte und Gesellschaft (2017, with Simone Lässig).

Thomas F. Schneider is director of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center at Osnabrück University/Germany. He lectures German Literature at Osnabrück University and the University of the Bundeswehr at Munich. He is editor of the journal Krieg und Literatur/War and Literature and of the Erich Maria Remarque Jahrbuch/Yearbook. Since 2013 he is editor of commented and revised editions of Remarque’s works. Some of his recent publications on the conference’s topic are Menschenbeben. Ursachen, Formen und Folgen von Flucht (2017, with Carl-Heinrich Bösling, Ursula Führer, Claudia Junk); Exil im Krieg 1939–1945; (2016, with Inge Hansen-Schaberg, Hiltrud Häntzschel, Claudia Glunz); »Networking the Arts. Erich Maria Remarque and Art«. 2016 in Helga Schreckenberger (ed.). Networks of Refugees from Nazi Germany. Continuities, Reorientations, and Collaborations in Exile.

Werner Nell, chair of Comparative Literature at Martin-Luther-University in Halle, Germany (1998-2019), since 2008 Adjunct Associate Professor (2019-20 John G. Diefenbaker Professor) at Queen’s University in Kingston/Ontario; since 1994 Chief executive director at an Institute for Social Research in Mainz (ism e.V.). Research interests and publications in the areas of comparative literature, history and travelling of ideas, migration studies, history of the social sciences and rurality studies. Publications (selection): Reflexionen und Konstruktionen des Fremden in der europäischen Literatur. Literatur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien (2001); Arbeitsmarkt, Migration und Integration in Europa. Ein Vergleich neun europäischer Länder (co-author: S.-A. Yeshurun, 2008); Atlas der fiktiven Orte (2011); „We are ugly, but we have the music.“ Eine ungewöhnliche Spurensuche in Sachen jüdischer Erfahrung und Subkultur (co-ed. J. Engelmann et al., 2012); Dorf. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (co-ed. M. Weiland 2019); Kleinstadtliteratur. Erkundungen eines Imaginationsraums ungleichzeitiger Moderne (co-ed. M. Weiland, 2020); Holocaust Memory – 75 Years After. Central European Experiences and Perspectives (co-ed. Paula Wojcik, forthcoming).

Jörg Thunecke, Prof. Emer., 1970 to 1997 Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, England; 1998-2006 Research Assistant at the Westdeutsche Akademie für Kommunikation in Köln, retired. Numerous publictions about German literature in the 19th cenury, selection: Realistische Erzählkunst. Festschrift für Charlotte Jolles (ed.; 1979); B. Traven the Writer / Der Schriftsteller B. Traven (Hg.; 2003); Brückenschlag zwischen den Disziplinen: Fritz Mauthner als Schriftsteller, Kritiker und Kulturtheoretiker (co-ed.; 2004); Zur Exil- und NS-Literatur: Leid der Worte: Panorama des literarischen Nationalsozialismus (ed.; 1987); Deutschsprachige Exillyrik von 1933 bis zur Nachkriegszeit (ed.; 1998); Literatur und Geschichte. Festschrift für Wulf Koepke zum 70. Geburtstag (co-ed..; 1998); Theodor Kramer – Chronist seiner Zeit (co-ed.; 2000); 126, Westbourne Terrace. Erich Fried im Londoner Exil. Texte und Materialien (co-ed.; 2001); Echo des Exils. Das Werk emigrierter österreichischer Schriftsteller nach 1945 (ed.; 2006); Ret Marut: Die Fackel des Fürsten – Roman (ed.; 2007); Ret Marut: Der Mann Site und die grünglitzernde Frau – Roman (ed.; 2007); Preserving the Memory of Exile. Festschrift für John M. Spalek (co-ed..; 2008); Goetz Mayer: Der mühevolle Weg – Kurzroman (ed.; 2014); Das erzählerische Werk Friedrich Ch. Zauners (2016); Deutschsprachige Kinder- und Jugendliteratur während der Zwischenkriegszeit und im Exil (co-ed., 2017); Der Teufel steckt im Detail (2019); Hermynia Zur Mühlen: „Es ist später, als du glaubst!“ Drei unbekannte Romane (Hg.; 2020); Robert Neumann: Blindekuh – Roman (translation and ed..; 2022; in Vorbereitung). Editor of the Newsletters of the International Feuchtwanger Society (2013-18).

Kirsten A. Krick-Aigner is Professor of German at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. She has published widely in the field of Austrian and German Studies with a special focus on 20th and 21st-century Austrian women writers. Other interests include German Expressionism, Holocaust Studies, Austrian women writers in exile, and pedagogy on literature and film. Her recent publications include two co-edited volumes on jazz in literature, together with Dr. Marc-Oliver Schuster, Jazz in Word: European (Non-) Fiction (2017) and Jazz in German-Language Literature (2013), and her volume on Austrian women writers, Unredeemed Past: Themes of War and Womanhood in the Works of Post-World War II Austrian Women Writers (2011).

Margit Franz received her habilitation in contemporary history with Gateway India: Deutschsprachiges Exil in Indien zwischen Kolonialherrschaft, Maharadschas und Gandhi from Graz university in 2019. With Going East, Going South (edited with Heimo Halbrainer, 2014) she opened a “colonial turn” in historical exile studies by merging her expertise in international development and peace studies with historical research. With Exile in Transit (Exile in Asia, 2015) she started discussions about post-colonial conditions in newly developing nations in Asia and Africa for refugees from National Socialism. Her recent research focuses on German-speaking actors in British India and through South Asia and their connected histories beyond national borders. Her present associations include the Department of History at the University of Graz; CLIO-Verein für Geschichts- und Bildungsarbeit (Graz), METROMOD (Munich), and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New Delhi. Her recent publications include 20 entries in METROMOD Bombay database and other articles related to exile artists’ impact to the cultural life of Bombay, like “Die multiplen Identitäten und Loyalitäten der Käthe Langhammer.” (Das Exil von Frauen, 2020) and “From Dinner Parties to Galleries: The Langhammer-Leyden-Schlesinger Circle in Bombay – 1940s through the 1950s.” (Arrival Cities, 2020). Her upcoming publications include a migrant’s knowledge transfer in architecture to the cityscape of Calcutta; examine (with Rachel Lee) an emigrant’s city guide on changing the tourist view of Bombay; and provide an overview of refugees’ internment in remote locations in British India during Second World War.

Martin Bemmann has been a lecturer at the University of Freiburg since 2013. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of Freiburg for a study on German debates about forest decline in the twentieth century. In early 2021 Martin finished a second book project (‘Habilitation’) concerned with the establishment and development of international economic statistics between 1850 and 1950. Currently, he is working on a project on scientific-technological cooperation within the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance during the 1970s and 1980s. Additionally, he investigates the role timber businesses played in European industrialization processes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 2011 Martin was a visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia (UK). In 2012/13 he lectured at the University of Dresden. During the academic year 2016/17, he was a Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In autumn 2021 he will be a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena and in winter 2022 he will join the Project House Europe of LMU Munich as a Simone Veil Fellow. During the summer term 2021, Martin served as an acting professor for modern history at the University of Freiburg.

Amanda Leslie is a graduate student in the Science Communication and Public Engagement programme at the University of Edinburgh’s Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, a committee member for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, and a freelance journalist. She previously completed a Master of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Journalism, and a Bachelor of Science at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research is focused on Canada’s national parks, drawing on historical and contemporary sources to explore issues such as ecological integrity, urbanization, accessibility, sustainable tourism, and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Recent publications include: “Returning Fundy’s fish to the wild” (Hakai, 2021), “Seasoned traveller” (The Walrus, 2019), and “National treasures” (Ecology & Action, 2017). She’s currently working on a forthcoming book, Wild Places: Exploring Our Connection to Canada’s National Parks, which has been awarded grant funding from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts. It’s expected to be published in 2023. 

Asher Goldstein is a doctoral student at the Institute for Research in Migration, Ethnicity, and Society (REMESO) at Linköping University. His research explores the indifference underpinning present-day transnational structures of extraction across Canada, Haiti, and South Africa, and the transversal projects of resistance to these forms of imperial plunder. His recent publications include: “Developing statizens: biometric technologies and digital identification” (Social Anthopology, 2021), “Collective Discussion: Colonial Lives of the Carceral Archipelago: Rethinking the Neoliberal Security State” (International Political Sociology, 2021), “What does COVID-19 distract us from? A migration studies perspective on the inequities of attention (Social Anthropology, 2020).  

Natalie Eppelsheimer is Associate Professor of German at Middlebury College in Vermont. Her research and teaching focus on Holocaust Studies, Exile and Migration Studies, Memory Studies, German Colonialism and its Legacies, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, and Methodologies of Teaching German Language, Literature and Culture language. Recent publications on her work on German Jewish exile experiences in Kenya include Roads Less Traveled: German Jewish Exile Experiences in Kenya 1933-1947. Oxford: Peter Lang (2019) and “Exil in Kenia. Eine archivarische Spurensuche.” Exilforschung – Ein internationales Jahrbuch, Vol. 37. Eds. Sylvia Asmus, Doerte Bischoff, and Burcu Dogramaci. Berlin: De Gruyter (2019).74-95. Her article „Some had a farm in Africa – Holocaust refugees as settler-colonists in Kenya” is forthcoming in Lessons and Legacies.

Reinhard Andress is Professor of German, Director of German Studies and Coordinator of the German Language Program at Loyola University Chicago. He held previous positions at Middelbury College, Colby College, Alfred University and Saint Louis University. He also functioned in university administration as chairperson, associate dean and dean. His research areas have been GDR Literature, German Film, German Exile Studies, Alexander von Humboldt and German-Americana. Among his publications are monographs on Protokolliteratur in der DDR: der dokumentierte Alltag (2000) and “Der Inselgarten” – das Exil deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller auf Mallorca, 1931-1936 (2001), as well as editor of Weltanschauliche Orientierungsversuche im Exil / New Orientations of World View in Exile (2010) and Vorstufen des Exils / Early Stages of Exile (2020). 

Marlen Eckl, Ph.D in History, M.A. in Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies and Law. Research interests are German and Austrian Exile Studies, 20th-century Jewish history and literature, Brazilian history and literature. She is the author of numerous publications about her research, including “Das Paradies ist überall verloren.” Das Brasilienbild von Flüchtlingen des Nationalsozialismus (2010), (ed.) Wir sind bereit. Junge brasilianische Prosa (2013); and “…mehr vorwärts als rückwärts schauen…” Das deutschsprachige Exil in Brasilien 1933-1945 (edited with Sylvia Asmus, 2013). Translation of the Brazilian biography of Stefan Zweig, written by Alberto Dines, Tod im Paradies. Die Tragödie des Stefan Zweig (2006) and the Rolândia novel Das Kreuz des Südens (2019), written by Luis S. Krausz. Articles about the life and work of emigrants in Brazil, e.g. Stefan Zweig, Heinrich Eduard Jacob, Ulrich Becher, Ernst Feder, Richard Katz, Otto Maria Carpeaux and Anatol Rosenfeld.

Jacqueline Vansant, Professor Emerita of German at University of Michigan-Dearborn, has written widely on postwar and contemporary Austrian literature and culture as well as the image of Austria in Hollywood films. Publications on these topics include the books Reclaiming Heimat: Trauma and Mourning in Memoirs by Jewish Austrian Reemigres and Austria: Made in Hollywood. Articles on her on-going project, which focuses on a group correspondence of schoolboys who fled Vienna after the Anschluss, are: “‘Damit nie der Kontakt verloren geht’: Rundbriefe Wiener Gymnasiasten jüdischer Herkunft 1938-1942,” “Cohesive Epistolary Networks in Exile,” and “‘Bitte vergesst nicht, alle Brief gut aufzuheben’. Shared Agency in einem Briefwechsel österreichisch-jüdischer Schüler in der Emigration.“

Hadwig Kraeutler is a museologist (Ph.D., Leicester, UK), curator, and art educator. Her research interests are in the museum/exhibition-complex and learning, intersecting with heritage studies, studies of exile and emigration. An Austrian civil servant, Hadwig retired in 2012 (last Senior Advisor Museology at the Belvedere, Vienna). Member (honorary functions): Österreichischer Museumsbund, International Council of Museums (ICOM), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Verein Wiener Kreis Gesellschaft, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Exilforschung. Publications include Otto Neurath: Museum and Exhibition Work. Spaces (Designed) for Communication, Peter Lang, Frankfurt /M. et al. (2008); (Editor) Heritage Learning Matters. Museums and Universal Heritage, Vienna: Schlebrügge (2008); (Editor) Alma S. Wittlin & Stephen E. Weil Memorial Lectures/ ICOM Memorial Lectures (2011, 2013, 2016), (internet publications), ICOM Austria, Vienna; GRÜSS GÖTTIN. Or: The Museum, a player in personal/private/political landscapes, in: Vol. 4: The Future of Europe. Proceedings, SWIP-Austria, Linz 2017, LIT-Verlag (2021); forthcoming (2021): ISOTYPE-Museen und -Ausstellungen, In: Gernot Waldner (ed.), Die Konturen der Welt. Geschichte und Gegenwart visueller Bildung nach Otto Neurath, Vienna: Mandelbaum Verlag; Museum. Learning. Democracy. The Work and Life of Alma S. Wittlin (1899–1991), Vienna: LIT-Verlag.

Zlata Fuss Phillips is a Research Associate at the University of New York at Albany, initially appointed in 1987 to the School of Library and Information Science. In 2018 the School was subsumed into the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity. Her research concentrated on the subject of German and Austrian children’s and youth literature written, illustrated, and published in exile after 1933. After publication of several articles, and of grants for travel to foreign libraries, it took several years before the manuscript for a book was finished,  German Children’s and Youth Literature in Exile 1933-1950. Biographies and Bibliographies (K.G. Saur, München 2001). Her current research also concentrates on searching and visiting literary and artistic depositories of the deceased emigres in the USA, who are not included in the 2001 book, such as Charlotte Steiner (1898-1981) and her children’s books in Bookbird. A Journal of International Children’s Literature (2013), or such as Margret Rey: Study in Resilience and Adaptability, an unpublished manuscript. 

Avi Sharma is a Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Center for Metropolitan Studies (TU Berlin) and a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (Amsterdam). He has a PhD in Global and European History from the University of Chicago, where he taught as a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Senior Lecturer. Avi is currently working on a German Research Council funded project on Urban Seasonality. Seasons are both temporary and recurrent. They mediate between environment and ecology; climate and the weather; social organization and everyday experience. How, though, does seasonality affect the administration of forced displacement, the politics of resource distribution, efforts to control mobility? In postwar Germany and post-partition India, seasonality – from transit to encampment to resettlement – was a central part of the displacement experience. By looking at seasonality, migration, and emergency shelter, Avi’s work tries to better understand the ways that displaced persons navigate seasonality during the postwar/post-partition period. Sharma is the author of numerous articles on topics including public health in Germany; the UN SDGs in historical context; postwar urban history; migration and forced migration studies; and urban environmental history. He studied at the University of Chicago and Reed College, and his work has been generously funded by the Fulbright, DAAD, BMBF and DFG.

Hilla Peled-Shapira is a researcher of modern Arabic literature with special interest in Iraqi Communist literature, Kurdish poetry in Arabic and the connections between the urban space and ideology in literature. She is the author of The Prose Works of Gha’ib Tu’ma Farman – The City and the Beast (Lexington Books, 2018) and has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Arabic Literature, Journal of Semitic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Die Welt des Islams, Oriente Moderno, and Kurdish Studies. She has also contributed a chapter to the book State and Society in Iraq: Citizenship under Occupation, Dictatorship and Democratisation (I.B Tauris, 2017).

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