Dr Bianca Gaudenzi
Bianca Gaudenzi is currently CRA in Modern European History at Wolfson College and Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Rome and the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. She was recently awarded a grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to fund her project on 'The restitution of looted cultural property in Austria, Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany, 1945-1998'.
Bianca Gaudenzi's current research focuses on the politics of restitution of cultural property looted during WWII in the three main post-fascist countries of Western Europe, namely Austria, Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany, from 1945 to 1998 (year of the signing of the "Washington Declaration on Nazi-confiscated Art").
She previously held the posts of Marie Curie-ZIF Fellow at the University of Konstanz, Junior Research Fellow at Newnham College 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, post-fascist memory politics in Western Europe 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 political symbols in interwar Europe.
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
Fascism, Nazism and comparative fascist studies
Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century
Marie Curie-ZIF 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)
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Cambridge CB3 9BB
German Historical Institute in Rome
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