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Dr Bianca Gaudenzi

Dr  Bianca Gaudenzi

CRA in Modern European History, Wolfson College

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz

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 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. 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. Her new research project focuses on the political motives underlying the process of restitution of artworks looted during WWII in Austria, Italy and Germany during the incipient Cold War.

Research Supervision

Bianca is happy to supervise or advise students on different aspects of modern German and Italian 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

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 20th-century Europe: Transnational and Global Perspectives, Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary History [forthcoming April 2017].

- E. Bini, N. Fasce, B. Gaudenzi, Comprare per credere. La pubblicità in Italia dalla belle époque a oggi (Rome: Carocci editore, 1st edition May 2016; 1st reprint September 2016).

- 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, Rewriting German History. From Bismarck to Hitler and Beyond (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2015), pp. 267-87.

- B. Gaudenzi, ‘Press advertising and fascist dictates: Showcasing the female consumer in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany’ in S. Newman and M. Houlbrook (eds.), The Press and Popular Culture in Europe, 1918-1939, Special Issue of Journalism Studies, October 2013, Vol. 14 (5), pp. 663-80 [republished as a book in the Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice series, Routledge April 2014].