Call for Papers- CfP Imaging Emigration––Translating Exile: Cultural Translation and Knowledge Transfer on Alternative Routes of Escape from Nazi Terror in/via Austria

The Academic discourse surrounding Austrian refugee Jewish exiles fleeing National Socialism has developed relatively recently and was triggered initially by the “Commemorative year 1988”. Initially, research focused on literature and its presentation and concept of “exile”. From this followed interest by academics working in different fields in the wider aspects of exile and its manifold cultural implications. In addition, cultural turns have affected questions and approaches taken within exile research thereby setting new trends in the field. Research on the history of knowledge has shown that the transfer of cultural capital triggered by refugees has led to the circular exchange of ideas, affecting developments in both the donor and recipient countries. This mutual cultural mediation has particularly affected developments in broader culture and arts. Recent research highlights and comments on the importance of cultural translation and translators.
Cultural translation as a strategy used to master the challenges and difficulties of life spent in exile or emigration, however, has yet to receive much attention. Moreover, the question of how persecuted people imagined or preconceived exile in order to consider the option of emigration is poorly researched. This is of particular interest, since how they imagine their future lives spent in exile before, during and after they emigrate has the potential to influence the cultural activities they undertake and their contributions in the contexts of their new environments. Additionally, the differing routes taken by refugees during emigration and transmigration to and via Paris, London, New York and Shanghai have been well-documented and carefully researched, leaving studies in others destinations and routes underexplored.

This conference has been organized to pursue two wider objectives. Firstly, we seek to present alternative routes of emigration taken by musicians, writers, singers and other artists who came from Austria or passed through Austria after the 1938 “Anschluss”. Secondly, inspired by the translational turn in cultural studies, we intend to focus on exiles and emigrants as cultural translators and/or mediators. We shall ask which cultural capital was imported. How did they translate and adapt this capital to their new living contexts? And how did the refugees imagine their emigration would translate into exile? More specifically, we are interested in addressing the question of how refugees conceptualized emigration and exile and how they translated cultural capital into their professional work.
The conference will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 1 – 3 April 2019. Presentations can be given in either German or English.

The organizers look forward to receiving abstracts of not more than 300 words (including a brief CV) by researchers from all relevant disciplines. Please send the abstract plus brief CV per mail (to and by 30 December 2018. The abstracts must address at least one of the following lead questions:
– How did artists envisage their alternative routes of escape?
– Where did the specific routes lead to?
– How did their perception of escape, exile and emigration affect their artistic work?
– Which impact did their cultural translations have on societies in new homes?
– To what degree were experiences made on alternative emigration routes included in their artistic work?
– Which function did cultural translations perform as performative strategies with respect to their professional work or as part of the process of knowledge transfer?
– How important were institutional and personal networks for translation processes?
– “Failure in exile”––to what extent could émigrés translate their capital within new context? If these attempts failed, when and why did they fail?

The organizers will provide travel allowances for those participants who have no academic affiliation or are unable to cover their travel expenditures.
When: 1 – 3 April 2019
Where: Center for exil.Arte at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria
Conference organizers: Susanne Korbel (Center for Jewish Studies, University of Graz) und Philipp Strobl (Institute for Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck)

Submission invitation

Contribute to the Bibliography of New Cold War History

The Cold War History Research Center in Budapest, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its foundation, invites your submissions to their extensive Bibliography of New Cold War History. The bibliography attempts to collect the publications on the history of the Cold War published after 1989, the beginning of the “archival revolution” in the former Soviet bloc countries. While this first edition is far from complete, it collects a huge number of books, articles and book chapters on the topic.

The CWHRC invites you to send a full list of your publications on any aspects of the Cold War, published since 1989, directly to them. The deadline for submission is 15 November, 2018.

The editors of the bibliography ask that you organize the list into two categories (1. Books, 2. Articles/Book chapters) and ask that all submissions are sent in Microsoft Word format using the suggested style below. If the language of the work is not English, please provide an English translation of the title in square brackets [ ].

Book: WESTAD, Arne Odd: The Cold War: A World history. London, Allen Lane, 2017

Article: BOZO, Frédéric: Mitterrand’s France, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification: A Reappraisal. Cold War History, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 4, 455-78.

Book chapter: DEIGHTON, Anne: Britain and the Cold War, 1945–1955. In: Leffler, Melvin P. – Westad, Odd Arne (eds.): The Cambridge History of the Cold War: Vol.1 – Origins. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 112-132.

NUTI, Leopoldo: A Decade of Delusions and Disappointments: Italy and NATO in the 1960s. In: Wenger, Andreas – Nünlist, Christian – Locher, Anna (eds.): Transforming NATO in the Cold War: Challenges Beyond Deterrence in the 1960s. London, Routledge, 2007.

ALL publications from the following journals and series below have already been included in the present version of the bibliography, so it is not necessary to include your works published in these publications:

  • CWIHP Bulletin
  • CWIHP Working papers series
  • CWIHP e-Dossier series
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
  • Cold War History
  • The Cambridge History of the Cold War. Vols. 1-3.
  • National Security Archive Briefing books

If you have no time for re-formatting your list according to the samples above, please, send the list as it is and CWHRC interns will format them for inclusion. 

Please, feel free to share this invitation with any of your interested colleagues, including PhD candidates. 

Submissions should be sent to:

Valeria PUGA ALVAREZ, Ph.D. Candidate 

Acting Research Coordinator 


Crittercal Archives: A Note by David Lowe

Over the past two months, I’ve been surrounded by creatures when entering or emerging from national archives repositories in different parts of the world.

OK, maybe not surrounded, but nevertheless, I’ve almost literally bumped into quite a few.

Canberra would have to be the most remote of encounters, restricted to the familiar wheeling of currawongs with their mournful cries. My wife, Andrea, accurately observes that currawongs’ drawn-out, up-and-down call equates to, ‘biig deeaal’. That’s unsupportive of someone busting a gut in records, risking paper cuts to fingers, and trying to make contributions to knowledge. But Canberra has long had academics in its sights. Or maybe the scientists spread the currawongs around the place, just before ARC grant adjudication occurs…

In Ottawa, where long opening hours mean that you can work late, I occasionally staggered out at 8.30 pm to find a groundhog emerged from its hole near the front. Fair enough. Pretty easy to see what’s going on there, with me trumping up again to the archives, day after day, same times, same place.

The archives bring a new perspective to many things, critters especially. Photo credit: David Lowe

Now in New Delhi, the trend continues. After a frustrating day at the National Archives, I walked out to have a monkey stroll past me. Monkeys up close trouble me. Their calculating eyes suggest they are constantly trying to figure out how to take advantage of you. But this one kept strolling to chew on an empty juice box discarded nearby. Monkey, bad day at archives, yep there’s probably a connection there.

The next day I was at the Nehru Memorial Library where a resplendent male peacock accompanied me to the front door. This was going to be a good day – and it was mostly pretty good, especially compared to those monkeyed National Archives the day before. Then, back at the National Archives there was a frog sitting out front; then back at Nehru Memorial Library a monkey during my lunch break.

Then it struck me. I’d been myopically linking these encounters to my own researching fortunes, but the bigger picture was the more important. This was a trend. We were going to have to expect competition from creatures in archives use henceforth. Just as the subaltern history movement raided the archives to write back at their colonial writers of history, so too would creatures, in the age of the Anthropocene, storm the records holdings to write against the grain of anthropocentric history.

The crittercal archives movement had begun.   


The archives bring a new perspective to many things, critters especially. Photo credit: David Lowe

‘History on the Hill’ Workshop

Carolyn Holbrook, in her role as co-ordinator of the Australian Policy and History network, hosted the ‘History on the Hill’ Workshop at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 5 September 2018.

Participants gathered to consider the role that historical expertise plays in the policy-making process and the ways that politicians use history to further their policy and political ends.

Participants at the workshop included:

  • Press gallery journalist, Michelle Grattan
  • Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs, Michael Pezzullo
  • Author and speechwriter, Dennis Glover
  • Historians Frank Bongiorno, Nick Brown and Tim Rowse
  • Political scientist James Walter
  • Labor Member for Canberra, Hon Gai Brodtmann MP
  • Former Deputy Secretary at PM&C, Meredith Edwards


The program is available here. Proceedings and other outcomes from the workshop, including interviews with participants, will be published on the Australian Policy and History website over coming weeks. If you would like more information about this and upcoming events, or want to contribute to Australian Policy and History, Carolyn would love to hear from you on