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Dr Bianca Gaudenzi

Dr  Bianca Gaudenzi

Young Research Group Leader, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz

CRA in Modern European History, Wolfson College

Wolfson College
Barton road
Cambridge CB3 9BB

Zukunftskolleg, Box 216
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz, Germany

Office Phone: +497531885662

Subject groups/Research projects

Modern European History:

Research Interests

Bianca Gaudenzi is currently CRA in Modern European History at Wolfson College and Young Research Group Leader at the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz. She was recently awarded a grant to fund her own research group by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her current research focuses on the politicisation of the process of restitution of cultural property looted during WWII as it unfolded in the three main post-fascist democracies, namely Austria, Italy and the German Federal Republic, from 1945 to 1998 (year of the signing of the "Washington Declaration on Nazi-confiscated Art").

She previously held the posts of Junior Research Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge and Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London. Her research interests lie in the cultural and social history of 20th-century Germany, Italy and Austria, with a particular focus on the history of consumer culture and its political implications during the Fascist and Nazi regimes, and the restitution of looted cultural heritage in the post-1945 period. Previous research projects covered the history of women's role and representation in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy and the commercialisation of the Führer and the Duce in interwar Europe.

Research Supervision

Bianca is happy to supervise or advise B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. students on different aspects of modern German, Italian and Austrian social and cultural history, including in particular the social and cultural history of Fascism and Nazism; the history of consumption; media history; the evolution of women's role and representation in 20th-century Europe; the history of the Italian Resistance; the politics of art and heritage in 20th-century Europe and the restitution of looted cultural property after the Second World War.


Modern European History since 1789

Italian Fascism, German Nazism and Comparative Fascist Studies

Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century

Gender History

Media History

Other Professional Activities

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Zukunftskolleg and Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz (2015-2017)

D. Cohen Junior Research Fellow in Modern European History, Newnham College (2011-2014)

Researcher for the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, London (2010-2011)

Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London (2009-2010)

JWT Fellow at the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Marketing and Advertising History at Duke University, North Carolina (2009)

Key Publications

  • B. Gaudenzi, A. Swenson, M-A. E. Middelkoop (Guest Editors), The Restitution of Looted Art in the Twentieth Century: Transnational and Global Perspectives, Special Section of the Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 52, 3 (July 2017), pp. 491-667. Online since January 2016: doi: 10.1177/0022009416658699 (Fialho Brandão); doi: 10.1177/0022009416658700 (Coeuré); doi: 10.1177/0022009416658698 (Scott); doi: 10.1177/0022009416652715 (Bellisari); doi: 10.1177/0022009416647116 (Lustig); doi: 10.1177/0022009416637417 (Petropoulos); doi: 10.1177/0022009417692410 (Kim); doi: 10.1177/0022009416641198 (La Follette)
  • B. Gaudenzi and A. Swenson, ‘Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century: Towards a Global Perspective’ in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 52, 3 (July 2017), pp. 491-518, doi: 10.1177/0022009417692409
  • N. Fasce, E. Bini, B. Gaudenzi, Comprare per credere. La pubblicità in Italia dalla Belle Époque a oggi [Buy it to Believe it. Advertising in Italy from the belle époque to the present] (Rome: Carocci editore, 1st edition May 2016; 2nd print September 2016), Quality Paperbacks series
  • B. Gaudenzi, ‘Dictators for Sale: The Commercialisation of the Duce and the Führer in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany’ in J. Rüger and N. Wachsmann (eds.), Rewriting German History. New perspectives on modern Germany (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2015), pp. 267-87
  • B. Gaudenzi, ‘Press advertising and fascist dictates: Showcasing the female consumer in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany’, Journalism Studies, Vol. 14, 5 (September 2003), pp. 663-80 [republished in S. Newman and M. Houlbrook (eds.), The Press and Popular Culture in interwar Europe, 1918-1939 (London: Routledge 2014), ‘Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice’ series]
  • B. Gaudenzi, ‘Tra autarchia e vita comoda. La politicizzazione della comunicazione commerciale nella Germania nazionalsocialista e nell’Italia fascista’ in S. Cavazza e F. Triola (eds.), Parole sovrane. Comunicazione politica e storia contemporanea in Italia e Germania (Bologna: Il Mulino 2017), pp. 135-156