Two-Day Workshop – Material Feelings: Population Displacement and Property Transfer in Modern Europe and Beyond

Date: 24-25 May 2018
Place: Leipzig
Organisers: Kornelia Kończal (Hannah Arendt Institute, TU Dresden) and Ewa Stańczyk (Department of History, University of Amsterdam)
In cooperation with: Paulina Gulińska-Jurgiel (Aleksander-Brückner-Zentrum für Polenstudien at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg) and Stefan Troebst (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig)

This workshop explores the emotional dimension of property transfers that accompanied expulsion and ethnic cleansing in Europe and other regions of the world in the mid-20th century. While much ink has been spilled over the fate of displaced people, the property that was left behind has attracted little attention. It is common knowledge that the property of displaced people – be it evacuees, refugees or expellees – was subject to confiscation, looting and destruction. Much less is known, however, about the emotional impact that losing and acquiring such belongings had on individuals and societies. The aim of this workshop is to investigate how emotions triggered by mass property transfers shaped the reconstruction of the social order in the affected states among the displaced and dispossessed people, and among their successors.

Cick here to see the draft programme.

Click here to get further Information about the speakers.

This workshop is supported by the Leibniz ScienceCampus Eastern Europe – Global Area. The workshop is open to the public. Admission is free. Please register with Ewa Stańczyk (


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